Jane studied Geography at UCL. During the late 1980s she was involved in setting up the national Charity, Waste Watch, whose initial role was to lobby Government regarding the environmental, social and economic benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and particularly the role of the community sector in developing local initiatives and programmes. Jane also campaigned on behalf of Avon Friends of the Earth for local authority support and funding for the kerbside recycling programmes in Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset and South Gloucestershire. During this time she was working largely voluntarily whilst looking after her two young boys.
Jane led Resource Futures, the employee owned and non-profit distributing environmental business specialising in sustainable resource management, as CEO from its formation in 2006 until April 2016. As part of the company’s succession planning she now sits on the Board as Business Development Director. She has a strong expertise in governance and strategic development of social enterprises in the environmental sector and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Wild Service, a new consultancy set up by Avon and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts. Previous roles have included Chair of the national charity Waste Watch and Director of Avon FoE and Sofa Project.
Jane lives with her husband Andy Cunningham, and sometimes their ‘visiting’ children in Paulton. She is an active member of the community and was a member of the village’s Community Planning Steering Group and she continues to provide support to sustainability initiatives within the village. In 2003 prompted by the Iraq war Jane started attending Quaker meetings in Bath. She is an active member of the Local Meeting in Bath.