Jess has more than 25 years' experience in the field of landscape design. Her particular interests lie in meaningful design and strategy formation that ensure the unique essence of place is celebrated in a collaborative response to the client's aspirations. She has worked with various practices promoting a thoughtful approach to projects that challenge mediocrity in design and where possible encourage users of the finished scheme to become involved in the design process. Recent work has included the redesign of the setting for the Chichester Festival Theatre, and the design and implementation of a productive housing estate landscape, including a residents’ foraging plan and the sensitive relocation of the Happisburgh caravan park to avoid it succumbing to the ravages of the North Sea.

She currently works as a consultant for Camlin Lonsdale landscape architects and teaches Landscape Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. She sits on a number of Regional Design Review panels including Integreat Plus, and is a member of the Design Council Cabe Oxford Design Review Panel.