Jan O’Hara

BSc (Swansea), Dip SW(Birmingham), MBA (Warwick)

Jan is an Associate of the Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business, specialising in organisational transformation, with strong public-sector experience. She is an expert in multi-dimensional delivery methods, including mentoring, facilitation and change management.

Jan participated in the Oxford research programme “Ownership, Leadership and Meaningful Work in Employee-owned Businesses” funded by the British Academy. In collaboration with the Oxford Centre, Jan developed and delivered the Mutual Leadership Programme for a dual constituency service mutual resulting in a significant 8-point rise for positive manager perceptions in the Sunday Times UK Best 100 Companies ‘One to Watch’ category. She has extensive experience of developing successful sector-wide and cross-sector learning and operational networks. Examples include setting up and launching Learning Resource Centres (LRNs) and Post Qualification Framework for the Sector Skills Council “Skills for Care London”. This resulted in strong stakeholder engagement from all 33 London local authorities, 12 universities and multiple independent employers for single coherent systems. She conducted strategic/board level consultation enabling cross sector collaboration to set up an Academic Health and Social Sciences Network for SW London NHS Trusts to promote research and training in joint service area gaps. She developed and project managed service user participation in social care staff training across a network of 13 London local authorities, negotiating policy agreement and providing collaboration training to both service users and professionals. For the Department of Trade and Industry, she developed the “SMARTWorking” pilot, an integrated approach to performance management, business process, flexible working and asset management.