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 group for Management of Epilepsy in Children & Young People, and Co-Chair of the SIGN guideline group on the Diagnosis and Management of Children and Young People exposed prenatally to Alcohol. She is a past Chair of the Scottish Association of Community Child Health, and Past President of the Scottish Paediatric Society 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 CHAS (Childrens Hospices Across Scotland), Vice Chair of the Family Fund, and previous Vice-Convener of Children in Scotland. As well as being committed to supporting the Yard as a current Trustee, she is a member of the Executive Committee for the UK Downs Syndrome Medical Interest Group, Vice –Chair of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, Vice –Chair of the Cattanach Fund and a newly appointed Trustee for FASD UK, and Children’s Health Scotland.