Dr Jane Holland is a respected project leader with an impressive portfolio of successfully completed assignments and research knowledge.  In addition to producing research and evaluation, Jane is experienced in helping others to interpret findings, assess options and use the intelligence to deliver action and change.

Following a degree in Management Science and Business German at Hatfield Polytechnic, Jane was the first person to gain a PhD from the Hatfield Polytechnic Business School in 1989 (this is now part of the University of Hertfordshire).  She went on to British Gas Northern, working in the Corporate Planning division and gaining extensive experience in statistical modelling and forecasting, strategic planning and operational research.

In 1994, Jane made the move to the Learning and Skills sector, spending 3 years at Central England TEC, and a total of 6 years with the various bodies working in this field in Coventry and Warwickshire, finally leaving the Learning and Skills Council at the end of 2003.

Jane was one of the founding partners of Mercia Research & Strategy—a specialist skills and labour market research partnership, before branching out 11 years ago to set up Plantagenet Consulting in 2007.  She works as an Associate with Inspira Consulting Ltd and as a Senior Adviser with MRE Unlocking Enterprise CIC. She has also been on the NIACE approved consultants register, an approved Associate of the Higher Education Academy and was a UK Futures Adviser with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.  Through HOST Policy Research, Jane was on the Local Government Association panel of Economic Growth Advisers.



Dr Jane Holland founded Plantagenet Consulting in January 2007, after 9 years working in the public sector in the economic development and vocational skills sector, and 3 years in a small consultancy business. 


Plantagenet has a number of core values:

  • Customer focus
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Attention to detail
  • Environmental sustainability

We respect Market Research Society principles when undertaking survey work, ensuring anonymity where possible, informed consent and no harm to respondents.  We also feel strongly that results should be made available to relevant audiences, even if the results are not favourable to clients and their stated policies.

Initially much of Plantagenet’s work was with the learning and skills sector.  As national policies and funding priorities have changed, we have taken the skills and processes developed with that sector and started to apply them to new client groups, particularly in the third sector. 

All organisations should be able to collate and interpret the management information they generate to improve operating performance, and should also be able to evaluate their performance to demonstrate their use of public or private funds.