Jane’s interest in astronomy began whilst serving sixteen years as a senior officer for a leading British cruise line. With a Degree course in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences under her belt, nightly cocktail parties soon became astronomical tours and subsequent successful lectures.
Now a professional speaker, author, broadcaster and an elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, she shares her passion with packed audiences of all ages. Having co-presented with the late Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS, celebrities and media professionals, she has been featured in various astronomy publications and scripted a live television/theatre interview with the second man on the moon, US astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.
A guest on BBC Radio Four Midweek, BBC Two’s Stargazing Live, national and local BBC Radio and, most recently, co-presenter of the TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE 2014 – a national theatre tour appearing with the presenters of television’s Sky at Night programme and other high-profile speakers – she is currently monthly guest astronomer on BBC Sussex and Surrey Radio, Uckfield 105FM and a co-host of Astronomy FM Under British Skies.
recently, Jane was approached to give a motivational speech by the Committee of
'Women in Racing' about how she has become a female Judge for the British
Horseracing Authority in Britain. There are only two of them!
Her book, the Haynes Astronomy Manual, is an international best-seller and was listed at No 6 on Amazon’s ‘List of Collectible Astronomers Books for 2011’. A revised/updated version is due for release in April 2016.
As Dr Brian May states, Jane has “… taken up the challenge of doing for a new generation what Sir Patrick did for us all those years ago”.
Her enthusiasm, as with the science of astronomy, is infectious.
"Really good thanks, was a great talk and had many students told me they were inspired and fascinated already. Logistically Jane arrived very early and communicated before and after perfectly."– James Garrard, Worthing High School
"Jane came to us highly recommended through word of mouth and I must say she did not disappoint! The lecture was both inspiring and humbling as she showed pupils the magnitude and majesty of the universe as we understand it, whilst explaining the truly mind-boggling scale of the universe and how insignificant our place in it is, but how inquisitive and innovative we are as a species to look at and travel through the heavens in order to seek answers to our questions. The feedback from pupils, teachers and parents who attended the lecture was resoundingly positive and reverberated into science lessons and households for some time to come. Indeed, many parents came to see me and told me what they had learned from their children over the meal table that night! Her easy style of delivery and outstanding PowerPoint presentation really brought the subject to life and everyone left the talk with a new appreciation and respect for the size of the universe and our place in it..."– Bryn Groves, Head of Science, Holmewood House School
“The children have truly gained so much from having Jane with us. The impact she has made on their motivation, knowledge and understanding of astronomy is remarkable. The children always have plenty of intelligent questions to ask and enjoy ‘showing off’ their ever-increasing enquiring minds and what they've learnt from her previously.”– Mrs Lindsey Hudson, Headteacher, Alfriston School
"We had the pleasure of hosting our inaugural Christmas Lecture in December 2015 which was delivered by Jane. It was a fantastic family friendly talk that generated quite a buzz from our visitors, especially the children who were captivated by Jane’s presentation. The content of the talk was pitched perfectly for the family audience and guided our visitors on a unique illustrated voyage."– Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director, The Observatory Science Centre
"Jane’s talk was really good and interesting. She had a really nice manner and was clearly incredibly passionate about her field."– Alan Blount, Deputy Headteacher, Newstead Wood School
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