Janet Trotter was born and educated in Kent. She taught for eight years and then lectured in a range of Colleges of Higher Education.
In 1986 she came to Cheltenham to lead the College of St Paul and St Mary which, after merger, became the University of Gloucestershire.
She has served as a Senior Inspector of Theological Colleges and Courses and was also involved in the NHS in various non-executive capacities.
She is Patron/President of Carers Gloucestershire, AgeUKGloucestershire and is a member of the Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral where she has a particular interest in Governance and outreach.
She was awarded an OBE (1991) and a DBE ( 2001):and is currently Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.