Janet trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and then as a dancer at the Rambert School and London School of Contemporary Dance, after winning the first Cosmopolitan Dancer of the Year Competition in 1981.
She worked in Hertfordshire as Arts Manager for Welwyn Hatfield Council. Over the course of five years she also set up Nexus Dance which toured across the UK, and internationally with the support of the British Council.
Janet was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Newcastle based National Dance Agency, Dance City in 1991. She spent 16 years living and working in the North East of England where she was instrumental to the organisation’s development as a producer, educator and development agency.
Janet conceived and led on the fundraising and project management for an £8m Dance House working with a Scottish design team led by Malcolm Fraser. During her time in Newcastle she was also a founding member of the Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Forum, the Chair of Audiences North East, and a Board member of Phoenix Dance Theatre.
In 2007 Janet was appointed Director, Dance for Arts Council England and moved to London where she worked as part of the National Arts Strategy team for six years.
Janet took up her post at Creative Scotland in July 2013. Since that time, she has published a long-term plan for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland. Most recently Janet has worked with the Board at Creative Scotland to make a case for significant new investment for the arts from the Scottish Government. She is deeply committed to championing how artists, creative companies and organisations contribute to cultural, social and economic life in Scotland through their work.