Arts Development

About me

I am a flexible and empathic cultural manager with a track record of senior public and entrepreneurial development across England, Scotland and Wales. Recent roles include Executive Director of Scottish Dance Theatre, the national contemporary dance company for Scotland; CEO of Circomedia, a leading physical theatre and circus centre in Bristol; Head of Arts, Bristol City Council; and Service Director for Glasgow Cultural Services (now Glasgow Life). As an independent arts consultant, I have worked with a number of high profile and emerging arts companies, leaders, artists and producers.


I work on the road and in the studio, as well as in offices and venues; my ability to contribute strategically is always linked to practical outcome. I pay active attention to ideas and my strength is seeing the connective threads that can grow them. I love this work, and I myself grow from each encounter.


‘’Jan will meet you as the person you are and then make you better at being the person you want to be. She will meet the business you have and make it better at being the business you want it to be. And all with grace, humility, a depth of experience and lots of laughter. ‘’  Seth Honnor, Artistic Director Kaleider



Space for reflection, perspective for longer-term planning and practical support for day-to-day problem-solving.



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&  coaching

An experienced eye that can support you in shaping your funding bid to be the best

it can be.


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Business plan writing with you, not for you – a responsive and tailored approach to strategic development.


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& business planning

A conduit for ideas and innovation, providing a practical framework to

support emerging work

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For the past 15 years I have worked across scale and art forms, and have developed a creative, collaborative and solution-based practice with individuals and companies. These are some of the companies and people I have worked with:

Circomedia,  Artistic Director Bim Mason,

Scottish Dance Theatre,  Artistic Director Fleur Darkin,

Kaleider, Artistic Director Seth Honnor,

Karla Shacklock Company, Artistic Director Karla Shacklock,

Theatre Blah Blah Blah, Artistic Director Deborah Pakkar-Hull,

Trinity Arts Centre, Director Emma Harvey,


Two Moors Festival,

Citrus Arts,


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