Jan Tallis was a charity executive from 2000-2017, mainly education related. Her last post was twelve years at School-Home Support, a charity that works with schools to support children who are struggling because of their home situation. She is a National Leader of Governance and chairs the Community Schools Trust, a small multi-academy trust in east London. As well as being a trustee of Unlocking Potential, she is on the steering group of Groundbreakers: Voluntary Sector Women Leaders networking and the Education Committee of the Worshipful Company of Educators. She is a Chartered Director, Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She was previously a governor in early years and primary schools and the founding chair of a sixth form college as well as a local authority councillor and vice chair of a Learning & Skills Council.