Jane Garrett - QTEC Enterprise Lead and Senior Teaching Associate
Arriving from Western Australia Jane Garrett joined QTEC on 21st November 2016, ensuring that she missed the Australian summer and ‘enjoyed’ consecutive winters! Jane did her degree in Physics at Cardiff University. Since then she has spent many years as an employee learning the ‘ropes’ before embarking on her true desire of developing her own software business Netcentric Systems, which she bootstrapped, raised equity funding and eventually floated on London’s AIM in July 2000. Jane was born in England and spent over 21 years in Cambridge during the rapid growth of technology businesses that happened within the city from the beginning of the 1980’s, now commonly referred to as the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.
After a brief spell in southern Spain setting up a business angel network, Jane migrated to Perth, Australia in 2006 and after fast tracking her permanent residency she fled to the far northwest to an isolated town called Denham in the World Heritage area of Shark Bay, a town that is 3 hours drive from any major city. She pursued her career in entrepreneurship, teaching and coaching budding entrepreneurs, eventually taking the role as Program Director for the Ignition programme which she brought from Cambridge Judge Business School to Curtin University in Perth in 2011 and where it has run successfully ever since. Her final role in Western Australia was as a Dolphin Ranger for Parks and Wildlife where she gave talks to tourists about the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, Jane loved the dolphins but grew tired of the tourists, so made the decision to return to the UK and find something more interesting to do.
Outside of the role with QTEC Jane is the author of “When it’S HIT the Fan; An Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Ride” and is a Non-Exec Director for Zellabox Pty Ltd, who make Modular Micro Datacenters. Socially Jane enjoys walking with her husband (an Australian who is not keen on the weather) and 2 dogs, Marley and Asia (who also made the trip from Western Australia and love the cold, wet mud of England) and she hopes to get back to playing golf and tennis.