Jan came to Gaze Burt because they offered an interesting position close to home and her children’s schools. That was in 2005.
Her role within the company has changed shape several times in 14 years – and her children have left school. Now, as part of the property team, Jan takes pride in ensuring every conveyance runs smoothly and ends with the client receiving a tidy and complete package of their transaction.
Before coming into law, Jan travelled overseas and spent several years working as a PA with a variety of companies, in various locations. In her final two years in the UK she swapped the keyboard for a Kenwood mixer, when she and her husband bought a tearooms/restaurant in a small Cornish village. This was a great lifestyle change which incorporated her passion for baking.
It was on her return to New Zealand that Jan entered the legal profession, initially as a court stenographer. The court environment provided some interesting work stories but she left those behind to move into a city law firm as a legal secretary/PA, working mostly with estates and trusts.
When not at Gaze Burt, Jan still enjoys baking. She also spends time writing short stories and children’s picture books. With retirement looming, Jan hopes to spend more time on her writing pursuits. To date, she has had articles published in a baby magazine as well as a short story in Women’s Day.
At the weekend, Jan can be found participating in laughter yoga – a fantastic activity to relieve stress.