In 1998 Jan met banana workers Doris Calvo and Carlos Arguedas and this encounter was to be the catalyst for Jan's Green Gold project. The aim of the project has been to highlight the iniquities of the international banana trade through personal narrative and different visual arts media. It is a long term project which Jan continues to work on today. Her involvement led Jan to work with Banana Link as that campaign organisation's Scottish Coordinator for almost 8 years, but under her own initiative she has made field trips to Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador to do research and gather testimonies for Green Gold. It was through this project that Jan started making documentary films. Her most recent addition to the project is a series of film testimonies and photographic portraits from Cameroon in Central Africa.
Jan's films have been screened and broadcast internationally and both Bonita: Ugly Bananas and Pura Vida have won awards. She is a member of Glasgow-based voluntary film collective, Camcorder Guerrillas.
After riding again in Costa Rica, Jan rediscovered her love of horses and in 2005 took a "life's too short" decision to buy Chaparro, a five year old Andalusian gelding, in Cazalla de la Sierra, Spain. Jan had ridden as a teenager but had never been able to afford her own horse. In 2006 Jan moved Chaparro to Galaroza, Sierra de Huelva, where is he is still stabled. Now a regular visitor to the area, Jan's long hours in the saddle mean that she has gained an intimiate knowledge of the Sierra, as far as Portugal in the west, the province of Badajoz to the north and east through the hills to the town of Zufre. Jan is currently gathering portraits of local smallholders, their livestock and produce as part of her Lie of the Land project.
Closer to home, Jan works an allotment in Glasgow with her husband, architect Paul Barham.