Jane is former Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, former Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and former reporter for BBC Belfast.
She was Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from 2013-2015 and also served two terms as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission.
Jane was a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition until it ceased to exist in 2006.
She was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in June 1998 and was appointed Deputy Speaker in February 2000.
She has represented NI interests as an EESC Member in Brussels since 2006 and, after many decades as a Member of the European Movement Northern Ireland, she was nominated Hon. President.