I’m Jane, I’m a Kiwi and a Londoner, a Wellingtonian and a Washington State University graduate. At eighteen, I moved from my native New Zealand to Pullman, Washington to take up a swimming scholarship at WSU. I had recently broken the New Zealand open women’s record over 200m breaststroke and despite having told my father whilst sitting in our garden (for reasons I don’t remember) that I was ruling WSU out as an option, off I went in August 2002. I have been living abroad ever since, working at Moz in Seattle after university and then moving to the UK in 2009 to work at Ayima, a London digital marketing agency.
I have often found myself in the position where I’m happy to speak out about things that are unjust or broken in the fields in which I work. This has simultaneously been a tough position to take and a privileged one, given the support I’ve had from employers, family and close friends. This website contains a small (but maybe growing) number of the things I’ve written, some of them about problematic issues and some about things I love or that have been important parts of my life.
Outside of work, I run for fun and have somehow made it down to a 40:30 PB over 10k in a road race.
As someone who used to hide under the stands of the football stadium to get out of running during swim team practice, this has surprised no one more than it has me. I’d like to break 40 minutes. It turns out 31 seconds is quite a long time. I’m a member of the Reading Roadrunners running club, which absolutely qualifies as one of the most inspirational and inclusive groups of athletes I’ve ever known.
I’m on Twitter at @janemcopland.