Jane Barrie
Chair, Education South West

Jane has lived in Somerset for most of her life and is presently the Independent Chair of Health Education South West, part of Health Education England, responsible for workforce planning and commissioning education and training for the NHS workforce.

During the last 24 years she has held several non-executive Chair roles within the NHS, mainly in Somerset, including Chair of NHS Somerset and the former Primary Care Trust and Chair of Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority. Nationally, she was a member of the NHS Commercial Advisory Board, Chair of the Strategic Health Authority Chairs’ Network and a member of the NHS Confederation’s Primary Care Trust Network.

She is a stockbroker by profession and former Regional Director of NatWest Stockbrokers. 

With a keen interest in both education and the voluntary sector, she is the former Chair of Governors of Taunton School, the former Chair of the Learning and Skills Council for Somerset and Chair of the Somerset Community Foundation. Jane is a Past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, the global women's organisation whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programmes leading to social and economic empowerment.