Jane is the founder and Director of arts and health consultancy Willis Newson.
She has been a pioneer of the arts and health field since 1994, when she set up Vital Arts, the arts programme for Barts Health NHS Trust and in 2013 she won the Arts and Health South West Award for individual contributions to the arts and health sector.
A thought-leader in the sector over the past 20 years, Jane is particularly committed to supporting and improving evaluation practice. Working with Professor Norma Daykin, she has developed research programmes, training and resources to support improved evaluation within Arts & Health, including the development of http://www.creativeandcredible.co.uk.
She has also run a range of professional development programmes to support those working in the sector, and is particularly interested in quality, developing artists codes of practice, peer support, reflective practice and self-care.
Jane is currently undertaking an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes including a research dissertation into the use of reflective creative writing to support creatives working on non-arts settings.