Professor Turner is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Teesside University, responsible for the Enterprise and Business Engagement Strategy. Jane previously worked at Northumbria University for 11 years where she held the position of Associate Dean (Business and Engagement) in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Prior to entering Higher Education, Jane worked in the private sector in motor retailing and telecommunications. Jane is passionate about the North East having grown up here and considers herself to be in her ideal role, enabling her to collaborate with like-minded people to co-create a new future for the region.
Jane is responsible for all knowledge exchange activities which deliver a significant income stream, student and graduate start-ups, strategic partnerships and the employability of Teesside University graduates. Jane considers the latter to be a fundamental responsibility to ensure that Teesside University plays its role in developing a pipeline of talent, leaders of the future with the skills, knowledge and self efficacy to problem solve and tackle the intractable problems that young people inevitably face.
She is energised by opportunities to collaborate, innovate and develop approaches and solutions that challenge convention and transform individuals, teams, organisations and ultimately the region.
Jane has a Doctorate in Business Leadership and is an experienced and qualified Executive Coach having coached over 220 leaders from all sectors over the last 16 years. She is a specialist in authentic leader development and speaks passionately on the subject. Jane sits on various Boards and is a member of the new Tees Valley Mayoral Development Corporation with a remit to create a future vision and strategy for regeneration and growth in the Tees Valley.
Jane has recently been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for her services to Business Engagement.