Jane is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has worked in diversity and inclusion for over 25 years. Her expertise cuts three ways: as a diversity consultant, as an employer, and as a disabled person. Jane founded the recruitment company Evenbreak which connects inclusive employers with talented disabled people.
Jane’s career has focused on working with employers to embrace the benefits that disabled employees can bring. Jane has an MSc in Human Resource Development and is an executive member of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI). She is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Royal Society of Arts.
In 2011 Jane set up Evenbreak to connect inclusive employers with talented disabled candidates. The company employs ten people who are all disabled, and their job board is developed to the highest possible level of accessibility (AAA).
Jane has written four books on diversity and inclusion in work. Her most recent title A Dozen Brilliant Reasons to Employ Disabled People: Why successful businesses see inclusion as an asset rather than a problem was published in 2017. Her next book will be published shortly.
Jane has won numerous awards including Diversity Champion at the Excellence in Diversity Awards, Newcomer of the Year in the OnRec Awards, Disability Best Practice in APSCo Awards for Excellence and was a finalist in the Stelios Disabled Entrepreneurs Award in both 2008 and 2017. She is the Patron of the Inclusive Skills Competitions run by Natspec and appeared in the BBC documentary Employable Me.
Evenbreak helps talented disabled candidates and inclusive employers find each other. Evenbreak is an award-winning not-for-profit specialist job board run by disabled people for disabled people with the following aims: 1. To help inclusive employers (who understand the value of a diverse workforce) to attract more disabled candidates 2. To help disabled job seekers find work with employers who will value their skills 3. To promote good practice in accessibility and inclusion in the workplace Enlightened employers tell us they find it difficult to attract disabled applicants through their normal recruitment channels. Disabled candidates tell us they have confidence that the employers on Evenbreak will take them seriously. Evenbreak is a very quick and easy way for employers to attract additional disabled candidates to the talent pool they select from.