Jan has had a notable career of over 40 years in nursing including holding a short service commission as a nursing officer in the RAF. She has considerable experience of caring for people with disabilities and poor mobility, and latterly worked in care home management.
For a short period Jan also operated an ‘Accessible Travel’ franchise, on the Isle of Wight, inspecting and booking hotel accommodation away from the Island, for people with disabilities and poor mobility. In 2015, Jan succeeded in gaining an MSc (distinction) in International Hospitality Management. The topic for her dissertation was “Identifying the needs of people with dementia when using hotels’.
She is a member of the Access Association and has undertaken training in access auditing at the Centre for Accessible Environments. In 2016 Jan spoke at Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning week and was voted Age Friendly Island Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.