Jan is the Founding Partner of No 4, a leadership and Board advisory business working with CEOs and Chairmen. Prior to this, she spent 22 years as one of the UK’s very top headhunters working on CEO and Chairman appointments for a wide variety of major FTSE companies, acting as a key strategic adviser through many challenging transitions.
She founded the JCA Group in 2005, which became a leading Board and Executive Search firm, based in the UK and working globally. Jan and her Partners sold the business to Heidrick & Struggles in 2016. She was their UK Chairman and Co-Leader of their European CEO and Board Practice until she left in 2018.
Before this she spent 8 years a Senior Partner at Spencer Stuart and prior to that she was the European CEO of a UK based PLC and before that, the CEO of a successful private company, having started her career as a Brand Manager for a global business.
She has 35 years experience of being a Non-Executive Director for PLC and Not for Profit Boards and is also a qualified Executive Coach with both the Tavistock Institute and with Meyler Campbell.
She studied Biochemistry at Oxford University and was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to business. She has also published two books: Changing Gear, co-written with Jon Stokes, which explores transitions for senior leaders (published in 2021) and Dementia Essentials, a guide for loved ones who find themselves to be carers (an updated version of which was published in 2020).