Jan has been practising as a Chartered Planner (MRTPI) since 1989. She started her career in industry then moving on to work within a multi-disciplinary environmental and planning practice. Jan joined Dickinson Dees LLP (Law Firm) in 1998 rising to the role of Planning Team leader and Partner (Equivalent) before leaving to join the Infrastructure Planning Commission in the Autumn of 2009 to take up the role of Commissioner. Following abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission under the Localism Act in March 2012, Jan has taken up a senior Civil Service appointment as an Examining Inspector at the Planning Inspectorate dealing with the Examination of cases under the Planning Act 2008. Within the RTPI Jan represents the north east region on General Assembly, she sits on the Planning Policy and Practice Committee and acts as a Planning Aid volunteer. Jan is also one of two practitioner members of the Partnership Board for Newcastle University Planning School.