After graduating from Warwick and Nottingham Universities, Janet taught in mainstream schools for 11 years before completing a post-graduate diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) and working as a Special Needs and Specialist Dyslexia teacher. In 2001 Janet co-founded the national charity Action Duchenne in order to support medical research into treatments for the genetic muscle wasting impairment Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
From 2008 - 2011 she managed the Lottery funded 'Include Duchenne' project where she worked with over 60 children with DMD, their families and schools across the UK to improve literacy skills and which won the 2011 National Lottery Award for Education. From 2011 - 2016 she co-managed the Transition to Adulthood project 'Takin' Charge' which worked with 80 young people with DMD aged 14 - 19 years and their families. In 2017 Janet edited ' A Guide to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for Teachers and Parents' published by Jessica Kingsley publishers, with contributions from world leading specialists in DMD.
She has published research into the impact of the current Special Educational Needs Reforms (2014) on children with life-limiting impairments, their families and schools and has travelled to Denmark to interview adults with DMD about their lives and future plans. Janet is currently exploring the impact of Covid 19 on children with life-limiting impairments and their families, as well as working on a project with Girls with ADHD. Janet is a member of her local SEND Crisis group, a parent governor at a local comprehensive in East London, and a member of the Parent Advisory Board for the charity Duchenne UK.