As Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jane leads Newcastle University’s Engagement & Place Strategy,
focussing on building partnerships to enhance our contribution socially, economically and
culturally. Previously, Jane was Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer with strategic
oversight of operations and external engagement.
Before taking up her position at Durham, Jane was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council.
Jane also played a leading role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority
and the Commission on Health and Social Care Integration.
Jane has also held leadership positions in the cultural sector, including Director of External
Relations at Arts Council England, where she led major corporate initiatives that included
Local Government liaison, creative industries development and overseeing capital
Jane holds an MBA and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature. She is also a
Fellow of the RSA, Co-chair of the North East Cultural Partnership and holds a number of
non-executive roles, including the Centre for Life and the Centre for Cities.