Jane was born in Australia, being around horses from an early age. Her father owned the celebrated mare Leilani, trained by Bart Cummings, who won The Caulfield Cup and was 2nd in the Melbourne Cup.
At 16, Jane worked under the legendary Colin Hayes at the famous Lindsay Park Training Centre in South Australia. It was there that Jane realised she wanted to dedicate her life to horses.
Moving to the UK, she gained valuable experience working for Robert Sangster at Manton under the regime of Michael Dickinson and then with the legendary Barry Hills. As Robert Sangster’s step-daughter, Jane had unparalleled access to the knowledge and instruction of the best in the industry, learning her craft from the master trainers.
It was at Manton that Jane met her former husband, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam and she spent sixteen years working as Peter’s assistant in England and Hong Kong.
In 2005 that she obtained a training licence in her own right after graduating from the British Racing School at Dalham, near racing's HQ at Newmarket.