Janet Arthur read History at Durham 1974-77, then worked in the classical music division of the Decca Record Company before taking a Diploma in Arts Administration at City 1980-81. On moving to Leicestershire in 1982 she worked freelance for the Arts Council and East Midlands Arts, before teaching Arts Administration and managing student placements for the Performing Arts Degree at Leicester Polytechnic (1982-84). Since 1984 she has had responsibility for a varied urban fringe landholding near Glasgow.
In a voluntary capacity, she has helped a range of local charities with administration, fundraising and implementation of strategy - Leicester International Music Festival, the launch of Hope Against Cancer, Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust (Chair), Leicester Cathedral Chapter and Leicester Cathedral Charitable Trust, the Cathedral's Richard III Appeal, and its new major appeal Leicester Cathedral Revealed. During her husband's year as High Sheriff of Leicestershire (2015-2016) she provided administrative support and managed a range of social and fundraising events.
She believes that opportunity, linked with the right story, can achieve great things - but getting and keeping it right is what matters, and that requires energy and careful thought, and often more time that you expect.