I was so saddened to hear of Jackie’s untimely death. I remember the time she took out of her inevitability busy days as a lecturer at DMU to chat with me over a coffee and welcome me to DMU in my first role as an external. Thank you for your passion for social work and your integrity. Rest in peace✝️
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Jackie was born in Merton Park in 1959 and started school in St Leonard’s on Sea. She moved to Gillingham in 1965, where she spent most of her childhood. It was here that Jackie started playing the bassoon, showing her passion for music at an early age.
She went to Sheffield University in 1978 and studied a Joint Honours degree in Biblical Studies and English Literature. After graduating with her degree, she completed a PGCE in English with RE the following year.
She met Nigel Martin at Stapleford Baptist Church and they were married in 1982. Together they moved to Long Eaton, Derbyshire and Jackie became a mother in 1983 when Natascha was born. They had two more children together: Kara and Aiden.
After having children, she took a career break to be a full time mum. In 1989 she took a part time job as a care assistant in a local home for the elderly, which soon sparked her interest into a new career path towards social work. In 1993 she started a line of social work qualifications which started with a diploma in social work through the Open University and a Masters in Social Work.
In 1994, Jackie and the family moved to Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire so that Jackie could start a social work career. She worked with children and adults in a number of settings before she became a Team Manager in Mansfield for an Adult Social Work team.
In 2005 she made the decision to combine her two careers of teaching and social work to become a lecturer of social work at De Montford University in Leicester. During this time she had books published on Social Work Practice and completed her PhD.
In 2014 she married David Robinson and together they’ve spent the years since then exploring new countries, bird watching, perfecting their garden and being happy.
Jackie’s wider family saw her as determined: to provide for her children, support the needy and to keep the family together. In 2010 she became a proud Grandma to Ethan, and since to 3 more grandchildren: Ollie, Alice and Louis.