Jeannetta Orton

Community Grants Panellist

Jeannetta has lived in the area for over 20 years bringing up her family. Before raising her family, she was a solicitor. She has volunteered her time for local causes and sat on many committees. She says that being a panellist means she can immerse herself in the heart of the community, and thinks local projects should be encouraged and supported.

60 seconds with Jeannetta

What causes are you passionate about?

I am interested in a range of issues but, in particular, loneliness. It has only relatively recently been recognised how many people suffer from loneliness and what an impact it can have on both physical and mental health. It spans across every age group and has exacerbated during lockdown.

Who do you admire locally?

Hammersmith & Fulham is host to numerous inspiring people. To pinpoint one is difficult but there is a lady I admire who shares my interest in baking. A few years ago she decided to take the plunge and convert her hobby into a business which I think is a really hard thing to achieve. Due to sheer determination and hard work she now runs a very successful local bakery.

Who do you admire internationally?

Angela Merkel has an innate sense of duty and fairness and has served her country with continued stability and reliability. She always behaves with dignity and, in my opinion, demonstrates the qualities of a great leader.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t take anything in life for granted and cherish every day as you never know what is around the corner.

What’s your favourite spot in the borough?

Furnival Gardens, I love to sit there and enjoy the view of the river and the wildlife with Hammersmith Bridge in the background.