About Jan Ford

Jan is keenly interested in the Economic Development of Port Hedland by creating alternative industries and enhancing our social environment through strong strategic planning. Jan enjoys working with skilled and dedicated people throughout the state to plan Port Hedland's future during this time of enormous infrastructure and growth.   

A permanent resident in Port Hedland, Jan's family history spans seven generations of indigenous and non indigenous heritage throughout the Pilbara.

Jan's a business woman in the property and finance industry, a member of multiple community groups, and an experienced local Government Councillor with the Town of Port Hedland. Jan is a member to the Port Hedland Port Authority Board and represents the Real Estate Institute as chairperson of the Pilbara branch.

Backgrounds in Hospitality, Business Management, Real Estate, Council, Industry and various Community consultation groups have enabled Jan to understand the issues facing regional communities today, and the need for strong strategic planning for the future.

The ability to see the long term goals and work with Community, Government and Industry are Jan's strengths.

"I want to help foster growth and overcome obstacles, to achieve beneficial outcomes in a passive and effective way."

Jan has numerous real estate industry and business awards and has been twice nominated for Telstra Business Women's Awards 2010. 


Current Positions

  • Director and Licensee of Jan Ford Real Estate Port Hedland
  • Board Member of Port Hedland Port Authority 
  • Executive Member Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV www.andev-project.org)


Current Interests

  • President Port Hedland Community Progress Association (PHCPA www.growporthedland.com.au)
  • Pilbara Chairperson Real Estate Institute of WA Pilbara branch
  • Land Use Master Plan Steering Group
  • West End Action Group Port Hedland
  • BHP Billiton Community Consultative Group
  • Port Hedland Port Authority Consultative Group
  • Dept Environment and Conservation Air Quality Group
  • Care For Hedland Group
  • Port Hedland Land Use Master Plan
  • Soroptimist International Port Hedland (Member and Past President)
  • Aboriginal Working Group 
  • Stevens Street Retirement Village Committee
  • Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry   




A wide range of business experience with establishing, operating and managing several successful small businesses for over thirty years. These businesses include hospitality, retail, wholesaling, finance, property, business broking, investment and social and financial services. Jan was the founding director of Jan Ford Real Estate in 2002.


Jan has an extensive understanding of urban planning and housing needs through her career as a Real Estate Agent and Licensee, and as a Councillor with the Town of Port Hedland.


Jan works with variousenvironmental groups together with industry and Government to address the social, heritage and environmental issues in the Pilbara. Iniatives have been successful in obtaining independent dust monitoring, encouraging industry to work in ways to support community, social impact assessments and ensuring traffic studies are part of development.

Community Groups

An active and relevant understanding of community issues through varied community representations, including sports, recreation, indigenous issues, youth, heritage, history, arts, music and education.


Jan was a member and past president of the Port Hedland Visitors Centre, and actively promotes Port Hedland as an Industrial Tourism destination. Our Indigenous art is a growing industry and is actively supported throughout the region.

Consultative Groups

I was an active member of BHPB Community Consultative Committee since 2002 and the PHPA Users group since 2003 as a community representative. These positions enabled me to understand the industrial issues and be a conduit for information between industry and community.

Member of Port Hedland Port Authority Board

As the community member of the Port Authority, Jan is involved with future planning for the industrial sector, and see it as an opportunity to integrate  with our community needs.

Aboriginal Working Group

This group is responsible for creating a sustainable future through employment education and development for all indigenous people in our area. 


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