Jo is Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, and has been in her post since January 2012, having been appointed by both the Council and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Jo studied Law at the University of Southampton and began her career as a lawyer, working predominantly in the public sector, although she spent some time as a partner in private practice.
After starting her career as a trainee solicitor in Nottingham, and progressing to different roles there, Jo moved on to a number of legal posts in Merseyside majoring in housing, regeneration and capital investment schemes. After Heads of Legal Service roles, Jo took a wider brief at Knowsley Council as Executive Director to lead on corporate resources and service transformation. This was followed by a stint as Deputy Chief Executive at Bradford with a strong focus on partnerships and cohesion. Jo has undertaken a number of roles in the voluntary sector and was chair of a large Registered Social Landlord in the North West.
Prior to joining Doncaster, Jo was Deputy Chief Executive at The Local Government Association, responsible for policy, communications and sector led improvement, which included a four month secondment to Doncaster at the Government’s request.