Jess is the Legal & Commercial Manager at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana. She was born in Melbourne and moved to Aotearoa in 2016, when she also joined the Board. Jess’ whakapapa includes Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pikiao.
Breast cancer is prevalent in Jess’ whānau which means she has seen the huge benefit that emotional and practical support services can provide in the context of a breast cancer diagnosis. She is passionate about ensuring this type of care is available to those in her community.