Rest of England: Janet Kane

I became a Public Governor representing our Public members who live in England (outside the boroughs or Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) in 2018.

Governor: Janet Kane

About me

My career has been a long and varied one!

Once my children went to school I began as a care worker providing support to carers in their homes. I moved on to become a carer support worker initially to set up a self help group for carers in Barnet two years later having set 22 groups up I moved on to become London Regional Officer for a national charity providing support to carers in their homes. 

During this time I also served as Member/Non Executive director of Barnet FPC/FHSA/Health Authority, where I chaired service committees (complaints against GP's Dentists & Pharmacists) and conciliated complaints made by patients. 

Following my move to Kent I became involved in supported housing setting up the then new housing project at the Dartford YMCA. I then moved on to become Regional Manager, for South East England, for a charity offering supported housing. 

At the same time I was also offered and accepted the ad-hoc post of Independent Review Panel Chairman covering the South East of England by the then NHS Executive.

I became a Mental Health Act manager for Thameslink NHS Trust covering Dartford and surrounding areas.

Having decided to take a break for a year following my second marriage I saw an advert for a PALS officer with Oxleas and began working for Oxleas in October 2013, a job which seemed to encompass all that had gone before and a job which I thoroughly enjoyed until I retired in May 2016.

Why I became a Governor

Seeing that there was a vacancy I thought my years of experience at Oxleas and generally in the NHS and voluntary sector may be beneficial to the Council of Governors.  I hope that my expertise and experience  will be a useful tool for the Trust.

My interests and hobbies

I am married to Robert and have two grown up children and four grandchildren ranging between 24 yrs and 6 yrs. My family are very important to me.

Two years ago I joined the gym, the first time I have exercised regularly in my life! I continue to go to the gym 3-4 times each week taking part in aqua aerobics, Pilates and gym training along with swimming.

I also enjoy eating out particularly a nice curry with my granddaughter most weeks.  

Contact me

You can contact me by:

  • emailing oxl-tr.governors@nhs.net
  • or you can call the Trust Secretary's office on 01322 625752 - they will pass a message on to me.
  • you can also write to me c/o the Trust Secretary's Office, Pinewood House, Pinewood Place, Dartford DA2 7WG.