Jan Flawn left school at age fifteen with no qualifications.
She became a compassionate and gifted nurse and exceptional business leader, who combined these talents in her award-winning company, PJ Care, a specialised and incredibly effective provider of neurological care and neuro-rehabilitation.
Jan was first inspired to train as a nurse when her daughter was born with a disability. Then, following many years as a clinical nurse specialist, she became a senior manager in the Department of Health, shaping UK policy and strategy.
After seeing the struggles of young people with neurological conditions living in inappropriate accommodation designed for older people, Jan became convinced there had to be a better way – PJ Care, which now owns several care units, employing around five hundred staff and caring for nearly two hundred people.
Jan chairs CBM UK, an international Disability charity focused on the health and social needs of people in some of the poorest communities in the world.
Jan is also passionate about encouraging and supporting women into business, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She is the founder of Women Leaders UK and works with the national CBI First Woman Awards.
Jan has won numerous accolades, most recently named Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare, Outstanding Female Entrepreneur, Outstanding Personal Achievement, Best Employer and Best Large Business and Business Women of the Year.
Jan has also been awarded the CBE.