Jane was born and bred in Yorkshire. She first came to London on a six-month Civil Service contract – and never went back. Jane and her husband Arnold have lived in Wandsworth for more than 30 years, and since leaving the Civil Service Jane has pursued a career in local politics. She was first elected as a Councillor for West Putney Ward in 2002 and has represented the ward for over 15 years, alongside this Jane also acts as chairmen for the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee; sits on the Licensing Committee and represents the council as chairmen of the Western Area Housing Panel amongst others.
In the past, Jane has served on a number of committees, including Planning & Transportation, of which she was Chairman for three years. At the same time, she was also Chairman of the Passenger Transport Liaison Committee, which ensured that TfL, London Buses and Network Rail worked effectively with the Council to improve local transport services.
One of Jane’s concerns is animal welfare. After the death of Ben, her much loved “Westie”, who was a well known and recognised figure in West Putney, Jane now enjoys enlisting her friends’ dogs to “Walk the Ward” with her.
In 2018 Jane was appointed Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth and is looking forward to representing the borough in this capacity once again. Jane combines her municipal duties with being a School Governor and a Justice of the Peace.