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.
In terms of technology, Jane is an experienced SPSS user, and is also familiar with the main Microsoft Office solutions (spreadsheets are a particular passion). In addition, she uses Surveymonkey for online surveys, and Blog technology for promoting debate and feedback. In order to keep travel costs to a minimum and keep her carbon footprint under control, Jane also uses Skype where possible for interviews and conferencing. Computer facilities are protected by regular backups including cloud facilities and a secondary power source in case of power failure.
In addition to being passionate about evaluation and data analysis, Jane is also keen on the rural life, maintaining a 500—600 year old house, running a very small flock of chickens, managing the One Acre Wood, and raising organic fruit and vegetables. She is also a qualified Chainsaw Operator. She is involved in a local community group, has been Treasurer of the Village Animation Committee, lead an informal walking group and has undertaken translations for a community heritage group. She is also working intermittently on a book on the life and times of her father, the artist James Holland.