Jeanann was born and schooled in Kenya and studied physiotherapy at Guy’s Hospital in London. Married Richard soon after qualifying and farmed in Kenya for a few years. Their farm was bought compulsorily and so they moved to Australia and farmed at Boyup Brook until their farm was again bought compulsorily! They moved to Albany having bought The Action Station Health Squash and Fitness Centre. Jeanann took a keen interest in local community work, was a member of Rotary and was elected President of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, she also taught Fitness Training at TAFE.
After a few years the health club was sold and Jeanann worked in Real Estate and then started an Events Company. During this time, she ran, among other things, the Albany Classic Car event for a few years and was the first coordinator of The Albany Farmers Market.
Jeanann’s husband, Richard, recently died from mesothelioma and her three children and seven grandchildren live mostly overseas and so she is keen to be involved and active in community work especially the Albany Community Hospice.