Jo has been chief executive of Doncaster Council since 2012. Previously, she was deputy chief executive at the Local Government Association. Jo is also the current President of Solace, (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives).
She studied Law at the University of Southampton and began her career as a lawyer. After starting her career as a trainee solicitor in Nottingham, Jo moved on to a number of legal posts in Merseyside. After heads of legal service roles, Jo took a wider brief at Knowsley Council as executive director. 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.