Jackie is a Finance Manager for a biopharma company. She has a 1st class Honours degree in Business and Marketing and is a part qualified accountant (ACCA).
She has knowledge and experience of the music industry as her husband, Dickon Whitehead, has worked as a live sound engineer for the past 30 years, while her daughter, Jessie Whitehead, is a music teacher and musician.
She became involved with MEAI in 2020 to offer whatever advice and support she could to help highlight the financial issues that were not fully addressed by the government such as:
- the PUP did not recognise multiple sources of income in determining the level of payment.
- the treatment of the PUP as a personal payment and not a business payment and the tax implications of this.
- a lot of the schemes were not available to non-rate paying businesses or businesses that did not have employees.
- the implications of being in receipt of PUP versus Job Seekers Benefit.