Teresa Jennings, Chief Executive


Teresa has been involved in the delivery and management of services for young people and adults for over 18 years - 12 within the charitable sector.

After falling into the trap of graduating from University but not being able to secure her first job due to lack of work experience, she ended up volunteering for a year for a number of organisations. This included the Prince’s Trust, a school for children with special needs and an outdoor pursuit centre in the Lake District for disadvantaged young people.

This time was invaluable in understanding the challenges and rewards gained from volunteering before starting work for Wigan Council.

Her role at the Council was one of grass roots community development, working with schools and community groups – and she was lucky enough to meet and work with some really inspiring community leaders.

She then moved to a UK Charity called ENCAMS where Teresa held various national and regional roles during her seven years which included a secondment to Central Government to work on two new Acts of Parliament as part of a Government Bill Team.

Teresa’s final role at ENCAMS was as the Group Director for Housing, which enabled her to work closely with a number of housing providers across the UK in tackling neighbourhood and community based issues.

In 2008 she took a career break to travel around the world for four months which was hugely rewarding before coming back to join the Groundwork Trust which operates across Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton and Bury as their Operations Director. During this time she led a range of community development projects around skills, worklessness and youth related programmes across these four Borough’s and the wider AGMA footprint.

Teresa is Vice Chair of the Ribble Valley Housing Association which is part of the Symphony Housing Group and a nominated Governor for Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.

Previous Trustee appointments include the Citizen Advice Bureau and Vicinity Housing Group Board. She is passionate about the tangible impacts that Charities achieve in making a real and lasting difference to vulnerable people’s lives and has been lucky enough to witness this in abundance over the years.

These positive outcomes are what motivate and drives her to continue making a difference. Teresa has a committed and highly skilled Senior Management Team to help achieve the high standards n compass aspires to.