In 1980 the British Association of Parascending Clubs (BAPC) established its first formal office. Jennie Burdett took on a part-time admin job to become its first real employee, working solo in a in a single, cold, room below a massage parlour. As the Association grew Jennie became full-time, managing volunteers who helped out with photocopying and filing.
She oversaw the growth of the association and the moves, first to a terraced house and then to an old schoolroom.
In 1990 came closer working arrangements with the British Hang Gliding Association (BHGA), who soon moved into the office with two of their own staff, and eventually merging to become the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA). Jennie skillfully navigated the transition. A final move, to new office premises wholly owned by the BHPA and the BGA, was accomplished in 2010, again overseen by Jennie.
In September 2018 she finally retired. Her talents had first been recognised 38 years before