Jo is a qualified Secondary teacher. She started her career as a teacher before joining Teach First where she played a number of key roles during the period of rapid growth for the teacher training and leadership development charity. Jo was Regional Director for the North West and later West Midlands at Teach First, overseeing the programme in these parts of England.
Jo took a career break to help her young boys settle into a new family life. Since 2018, Jo has been Lead Teacher for Alternative Provision in Surrey County Council, where she has fiercely advocated for, and ensured good quality education for, some of the county’s most vulnerable children and young people.
As a member of the Minds Ahead team, Jo is our Programme Lead for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools and one of the tutors on the School Mental Health Specialist programme.