Dr Jackson was educated in Belfast, trained at Edinburgh University Medical School and worked as a Consultant Paediatrician in Children’s Services at NHS Lothian. Dr Jackson acted in an advisory capacity to the Scottish Government in the development of ASN legislation and has a continuing interest in its development and implementation. She was a member of the SIGN Guidelines for Management of Epilepsy in Children & Young People. She is a past Chair of the Scottish Association of Community Child Health, a member of British Association of Community Child Health Council and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Her support to voluntary organisations includes being a founder member and past Director of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, a member of the Advisory Group for MOVE, and Convener of Down’s Syndrome Medical Interest Group for the UK. Dr Jackson has been Vice Chair of the Family Fund, and is currently Vice Convener and Board member of Children in Scotland.