Jan Hall

Jan is the Founding Partner of No 4, an advisory business working with CEOs , Chairman and Boards. Prior to this, she spent 22 years as a top headhunter for a wide variety of major organisations, acting as a key strategic adviser through many challenging transitions.

She founded the JCA Group in 2005, which became a leading Board and Executive Search firm, based in the UK and working globally. Jan and her Partners sold the business to Heidrick & Struggles in 2016. She was their UK Chairman and Co-Leader of their European CEO and Board Practice until she left in 2018.

Before this she spent 8 years a Senior Partner at Spencer Stuart and prior to that she was the European CEO of a UK based PLC and before that, the CEO of a successful private company, having started her career as a Brand Manager for a global business.

She has 35 years experience of being a Non-Executive Director for PLC and Not for Profit Boards and is also a qualified Executive Coach with both the Tavistock Institute and with Meyler Campbell.

She studied Biochemistry at Oxford University, was awarded an OBE in 1996 and has published Dementia Essentials, a guide for loved ones who find themselves to be carers.


Changing Gear: Creating the Life You Want After a Full On Career

Jan Hall & Jon Stokes

‘Changes occur all the time. They can be identifiable and dramatic, or they can emerge imperceptibly, creeping up on you until one day you realise your foundations are less solid than you imagined. At this point in your life you need to find a new path.’

Coping with transition can be hard at every stage of life, but it presents unique challenges as we come to the time of our lives when we are facing the end of full-on, full-time work.

Changing Gear looks at why work is such an important part of a person’s identity, and how challenging it can be when it’s time to change gear, whether that’s to explore a new path or take a step back from our careers entirely.

Offering insight, advice and practical exercises to help you make the right decisions, this valuable guide gives you the tools to navigate complicated situations, identify what’s most important, and develop the skills you need to cope with change.