Janet took up her post at Creative Scotland in July 2013. Since that time she has appointed a new senior leadership team and produced a long term plan for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland ‘Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition’. Alongside this she has simplified Creative Scotland’s approach to funding and begun implementing a new People Strategy for the organisation.
Prior to joining Creative Scotland, Janet spent 6 years at Arts Council England as Director, Dance, working as part of the national arts strategy team.
She played an active role in developing Arts Council England’s 10 year framework for the arts: ‘Achieving Great Art For Everyone’. She also led the team that delivered the 2012 State of the Arts conference in Salford: Artists Shaping the World.
Before joining Arts Council England, Janet spent 16 years with the Newcastle based National Dance Agency, Dance City as Chief Executive and Artistic Director. She was instrumental to the organisation’s development as a producer, educator and development agency. Her time there included the project management of an £8m capital development working with a Scottish design team led by Malcolm Fraser Architects. Alongside this she was a founding member of the Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Forum, the Chair of Audiences North East, a Board member of the National Dance Network and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Janet’s work in Scotland includes chairing the artist-led organisation The Work Room based in Glasgow, supporting the British Council in programming their showcases in Edinburgh and as a former dancer, choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of the Nexus Dance, touring into Scotland as well as attending the Scottish Youth Dance Festivals held in Stirling in the 1980s. She is an award winning performer who won the first Cosmopolitan Dancer of the Year Award in 1981.