In memory of Janette Faherty OBE, 1949-2017
Janette was a truly wonderful human being with an infectious enthusiasm for wanting to help people. Always considered in thought and judgement, she had that special ability to pinpoint business opportunities and issues with elegance and precision. A natural entrepreneur and mentor, she was generous and unhesitating to spare time to give wise advice and share her experience and contacts, selflessly. She inspired us to stay true to our values, to follow our instincts and to remain focused on ensuring we help those around us less fortunate. We learned a lot from knowing her for which we will be forever grateful. May she rest in peace.
For more than 30 years, Janette Faherty owned and built Avanta Enterprise Ltd on the premise that businesses could do well by doing good. Started in 1983 as TNG, with a merger in 2006 to become Avanta and sold in 2014, Avanta delivers outsourced government services in employment, vocational skills and enterprise, and has helped thousands of people to get back to work or start businesses.
Awarded an OBE in 2010 for her services to unemployed people and to entrepreneurship, Janette also won London Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and was the sole, new UK honoree at the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2004.
Janette is the former Chair of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), which focuses on improving professional standards and development within the welfare-to-work industry. She was formerly Chairperson of the Digital Youth Academy Ltd, a supporter of the Manchester University Access Programme for disadvantaged students, and a speaker on the Manchester Leadership Programme.
Janette holds an Honours degree in Politics and Modern History, Manchester University, and a Masters in Philosophy from Brunel University.