Janice Charles finished her education at Barry College, and went on to work for BP Chemicals before leaving Barry to work in Canada and South East Asia. There followed work in an Extended Care Centre in Canada, which underpinned Janice’s values of a strong sense of responsibility, dedication and determination.
In Brunei Janice wrote for the Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Airlines inflight Magazine and ran her own popular radio shows for British Forces Broadcasting. Upon her return to her beloved Barry, Janice began her own successful business in Cardiff. True to her character, Janice then stepped away from her business to concentrate solely on her then new role in the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
During her 13 years of office Janice held posts as the Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources as well as introducing and being the Armed Forces Champion.
A strong supporter of young people, Janice has freely given her time and experience to running Rainbow and Brownie packs, a Youth Club and Theatre Group. When asked by the MOD to promote the Armed forces to other counties to encourage awareness of the help that can be given and the problems our Heroes and their families, Janice did not hesitate, and still remains an ardent member of The Veterans and Pensions Committee, and a trustee of the Territorial Army and Cadets Association.
A school governor for 14 years, Janice continues to volunteer for many local charities and is an active member of the Barry and District Soroptomists, particularly lending her support for the Sam Davies Ward at Barry Hospital. Janice has stated that ‘I aim to fulfil this role and represent the authority and the people of The Vale of Glamorgan with dignity, hard work, integrity, commitment and compassion’
The Mayor is also proud to be the Armed Forces Champion for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.