Jan Molyneux is now enjoying an active retirement, visiting many of the places in the world somehow missed during her 40 year career in planning. One of the original team tasked with the setting up the Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference in 1998 as head of Planning at the Bristol Office of King Sturge, she had only recently moved to the Southwest from Leeds where she headed the planning team at Weatherall Green and Smith (she insists it is entirely coincidental that neither of these organisations now exists – having been transformed into JLL and BNP Paribas, respectively).
Her route into planning was via a degree in Architecture at the University of Liverpool where she was impressed by an ad hoc lecture by the then Chief Planning Officer of the city, who happened to be a woman. A year in practice with London architects convinced her that this was not her calling and she headed back north to study planning at Leeds Polytechnic while working for the City of Wakefield District Council. 13 years later she hit the glass ceiling and made the move to the private sector. Latterly, after an enjoyable spell as Director with TOR Ltd, she set up her own practice, Jan Molyneux Planning.