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Janet Ashford

Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver; the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.

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Business experience

Janet Ashford started her career in a large law practice as an Executive Assistant, spending over 15 years working in both legal and auditing firms supporting senior managing partners and directors at an executive level.

Janet then moved to the public sector in a marketing and business development role before establishing her own freelance training practice. She has over 10 years’ experience delivering training across multiple business sectors for both corporate and government/public sector delegates, including legal, banking, retail, manufacturing, engineering, pharmaceuticals, county councils and the NHS.

Professional credentials and training experience

Janet has a BA in English and Communications from the University of South Africa and a PGCE in Adult Education. She is a successful trainer and facilitator with extensive experience in delivering a wide range of business training including executive PA skills, strategy and leadership, effective communication skills and personal development.

Janet has worked as a consultant with KPMG on the LSIS World Class Skills programme, working with senior management teams, principals and company directors to develop employer-focused training.

In her capacity as a facilitator, Janet has worked with organisations including KPMG, Mercedes Benz, Brother UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Royal Bank of Scotland, Airbus UK and government agencies such as DfES, NHS and local councils.