Jane Slowey CBE was named Alumna of the Year in 2010 for her work supporting young people.
Jane joined the Foyer Federation as Chief Executive in 2004 and has helped position the organisation as a champion for new ways of working with young people struggling to make the transition to adulthood.
Jane describes her leadership journey as more of a meander than a traditional career path, taking in voluntary action, community activism and local politics including 8 years as a Birmingham City Councillor and 6 years as CEO of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council. She has wide experience as a trustee, is a former Vice Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Services and has helped develop and influence policy at local, national and regional level.
Jane received a CBE for services to disadvantaged young people in 2009, sings in a choir and is enjoying being a grandmother.
Jane said: “ "Being recognised by the University was a great honour in itself but, more than that, being Alumna of the Year gave me an opportunity to try and share something of how important my time at Birmingham has been throughout my life with a group of young graduands just starting out on their journeys. What a privilege."