Educated at University of Kent, London School of Economics and Bristol University, Jane spent part of her childhood in Uganda and Kenya. She has lived and worked in Wales since 1972. Jane became the first National Coordinator of Welsh Women’s Aid in 1978 and was a founder of South Glamorgan Women’s Workshop. She went on to become the first director of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS Wales) and was subsequently director of Chwarae Teg (Fair Play).
From 1981 to 1993 Jane was a Member of South Glamorgan County Council representing the Riverside Ward in Cardiff. She stood for Parliament in 1983 in Cardiff North, and in 1999 was elected as the first Labour Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan and moved to Barry with her family in 2000. For 20 years Jane has served the Welsh Government as Minister for Health, Social Services, Equalities, Education, Finance, Leader of the House, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip.
She is an Honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and has tirelessly championed women’s rights, all her working life.