Janine qualified as a town planner in 2001 having achieved a Masters Degree with Distinction from Cardiff University. She was subsequently accepted into the RTPI as a Chartered Member in 2003. Her planning career started in the private sector in 2001 where she worked for Robert Shaw & Partners Planning Consultancy based in Guildford, Surrey and advised clients on the likelihood of obtaining planning permission for a variety of developments/uses and prepared supporting submissions for subsequent applications. In 2003 she moved to Hyder Consulting in Cardiff and became a community consultation facilitator for various planning projects such as windfarms and town and village regeneration schemes. She moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2004 with Hyder and stayed 8 years, becoming an Australian Citizen during that time.
She subsequently worked for the City of Port Phillip in inner Melbourne as a Principal Planner. From 2008 - 2012 she became the planning appeals adviser for the City of Port Phillip and as a result of that role she gained extensive experience preparing appeal submissions and representing clients and councils at hearings. She returned to the UK in April 2012 for family reasons but continued to work remotely as a part time appeals adviser for the City of Port Phillip until her resignation in June 2013. Since late 2012 she has consulted part time to FullerLong Planning Consultants providing appeals advice/representation, as well as development feasibility advice. In January 2015 she took up a position with Arcus Consulting in York.
In June 2014 she was awarded a distinction for a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Leeds Met Law School.