Jan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Waikato District Health Board, having been appointed to that position after holding general management positions and the Director of Nursing and Midwifery role.
Jan trained as a nurse and midwife in the United Kingdom, and held a variety of posts in both the National Health Service and the private sector before migrating to New Zealand in 1992. She has post graduate qualifications in both nursing and management.
Jan has a significant interest in quality at all levels including the quality of services delivered. She served two terms of office on the Nursing Council of New Zealand, was Deputy Chairperson for three years, and was involved in the development of competency assessment for nurses in preparation for the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act.
Waikato DHB’s Quality and Risk team report to Jan, and she has been instrumental in the development of Waikato DHB’s Falls Minimisation Programme. Jan says: "The cost and impact of falls with harm are significant to the person involved, their family and health care organisations. I’m very pleased to be involved in the expert advisory group that will raise awareness and work with wider sectors to reduce the impact of this significant patient safety issue."
Jan is the link to the national DHB Chief Operating Officers group as its Chair.