Jean Roberts has always had an interest in the environment. Having begun her career in administration, her growing interest in energy and sustainability saw her take a change in direction.
The change saw Jean return to university in her 30’s to complete firstly a degree in Environmental Science, and then a Masters in Environmental Technology.
Having finished university Jean began working as a Senior Information Officer at LB Islington, before going on to work at Watford Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Energy Saving Trust. Some of her roles have been to look at climate change and fuel poverty strategies, as well as setting up innovation projects.
It was not until much later in her career that Jean decided she wanted a new challenge and began researching how to set up her own business. This was something that Jean had been considering for some time; to be her own boss and have the flexibility to choose her working hours.
Jean set up a London based consultancy called Lythgoe Consulting in 2012, which she self-funded. The consultancy provides high quality services specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy and sustainability. The business has been running for over a year and has been steadily growing; such that Jean is now able to do a forward trajectory for the coming years.
To support Jean in her new business, she attended the “Preparing to Run Your Own Business Course” run by The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME); this provided her with a great avenue in which to gain valuable advice on how to progress the business further. She also received the support from a business mentor to help with any questions she had.
“I thought the PRIME course was fantastic in helping with the business side of things, such as helping me put together a marketing plan.”
“Setting up my own business was definitely challenging and involved a lot of hard work, but it was also the most rewarding. I would recommend to all women over the age of 50 who are looking for a new challenge.”