Jan Fletcher, OBE, MBA, Hons DLITT


Jan is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs. She has successfully owned and operated a wide range of businesses and currently holds chairman and director roles in sectors as diverse as property investment and development, natural health products, wealth management and online publishing.

Jan has a strong track record of helping to steer growth, developing investment strategies, overseeing M&A activity and structuring corporate governance. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Industry in 1997, named Veuve Clicquot British Business Woman of the Year in 1994 and Yorkshire woman of the year in 1995. She was also an appointed Government advisor as a member of The U.K. Secretary of State for Business Entrepreneur’s Forum (BIS) in 2010.

Jan has held a number of chairman and non-executive director roles, particularly helping to steer growth, investment strategies, acquisitions and governance. She was a non-executive director of the Skipton Building Society for ten years; a non-executive director of Guardian Media Group’s Real Radio; non-executive director of Eurodirect Group and non-executive director of Callcredit Ltd – a company which went on to a successful IPO. Jan was also founding chairman of Marketing Leeds for four years.

In 2010 Jan was appointed a Government Advisor to the UK government and was a member of The Secretary of State’s Entrepreneur Forum (BIS).

Throughout her life, Jan has been an active supporter of numerous charities and hospices and is Patron of MAD, the Make A Dream charity for children with terminal illnesses.


  • Veuve Clicquot British Business Woman of the Year – 1994
  • Yorkshire Woman of the Year – 1995
  • BusinessAge’s list of “Top 40 under 40” – 1995
  • OBE for Services to Industry
  • Britain’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs – 2000
  • Doctorate of Letters from Bradford University School of Management – 2009
  • Government Advisor and member of The Secretary of States’ Entrepreneur’s Forum (BIS) 2010 – 2013