Mentoring & executive coaching

I have worked with Artistic Directors, CEO’s and Producers, offering clear space for reflection; perspective for longer-term planning; and support for problem-solving and day-to-day issues. 


I work in a unique way: although I am happy to work with you on a conventional session basis, I also offer open-access and quick response support via email and phone calls, whenever you need it, even if it is Sunday evening before a tricky Monday morning meeting.  This is a tried and tested system that works well; one manager referred to this as having an extra USB stick, and another that I provided a witch’s hat!



‘’Jan brings a huge amount of emotional intelligence to the table, helping me to meet some of the challenges of leadership, with warmth, humour and clarity. Being at the helm of a small arts organisation can at times feel like a heavy burden of responsibility. Jan is a real ally helping to navigate a pathway through and enabling me to draw on my aptitudes and strengths. She is an invaluable mentor and has helped me to put back joy into my role.’’

Deborah Pakkar-Hull, Artistic Director Theatre Blah Blah Blah


Strategy & business development

I have quick analytical capacity and ability to see the whole together with all the moving parts.  I can work with you on what I have found to be a great ‘call and response’ method: from your understanding of where you are on your organisational journey, I can provide a framework that enables us to map next steps together.  To-and -fro editing is progressed with clear timelines in place for each stage – large and unwieldy documents can this way be quickly brought into focus, clarity and readability!


‘’Working with Jan has helped us to take our loose creative ethos and develop a more comprehensive and robust strategy that is implementable and measurable instilling a new organisational confidence.’’

Rhiannon Jones, Programme Manager Trinity Centre, Bristol.



I have helped many individual artists and organisations to write successful Arts Council submissions; the work and thinking of course comes from you as artists and arts organisations, but the outside eye I bring has supported a very happy-making level of success across NPO, G4A, Elevate and Catalyst programmes. I work quickly and responsively, ensuring that your voice, intentions and values are clearly articulated and expressed.


"Jan has helped shape Corali's development and funding successes over the last two years. I couldn’t quite believe how insightfully she articulated my thoughts after only our first hour of conversation. Jan is able to outline complex ideas so that they can be clearly understood by others, and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t reference Jan's advice.’’ Sarah Archdeacon, Artistic Director, Corali.


Artist development

I am first and foremost an enabler. I work with individual artists and emerging companies within all the roles and approaches outlined above, as mentor, practical problem solver, planning and funding supporter; my approach is informed by deep interest and belief.


‘’Jan taught us how to grow the company, how to raise funds and brought balance and clarity to a group of young, sometimes precocious and difficult performers. She steered us in a brilliant direction and brought maturity and a sense of grounded realism into the studio and meetings.’’

Daniel Hay-Gordon, Dance / Performance Artist and Choreographer, Impermanence Dance Theatre.

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