Jan started her career teaching PE, then went on to teach children with learning disabilities. She has served on the board of a number of charities, including Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers (FTDR). MS Society Fife, Fife Shopmobility, VONEF, and Homelands Trust-Fife. She was one of the founding members of FTDR, a rambling group for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. For many years, she led short breaks and holidays around Scotland for group members. For over twenty years, she has been primary carer for a friend, who has MS. She has a son, four daughters, and four grandchildren, and lives in Lundin Links with her husband, Colin.