Jo is Director of People and Support at Dorset Police and previously HR Director for the Salvation Army. Jo has been a senior leader at Guide Dogs for the Blind and Mencap, working in the Third Sector for over 20 years.
As HR Director at The Salvation Army, she was responsible for the 4,500 employees who support the vital work of the movement delivering services to some of the most marginalised people in our communities across the UK and Ireland from homelessness and older peoples services to anti human trafficking, prison ministries, employment and work with young people and children. Jo worked on a people strategy for the organisation and delivered a 5 year plan to transform HR into a person centred function. Jo was a commissioner on the future leadership of civil society and chaired the Inclusion Action Group to implement the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering.
She has chaired and been a member of strategic boards for the College of Policing, DofH, and many sector specific groups and a board member for HRO Today Forum. Her work on diversity and inclusion won her the HRO Today EMEA Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year 2016. Jo has delivered at conferences across the UK and Europe on topics such as inclusion, women in leadership, people strategy and volunteering and has several articles published in the sector press. Jo is an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust, a judge for the CIPD People Awards and a mentor for LeadersPlus. Jo is a mum of 6 and is passionate about supporting women balancing caring responsibilities and careers.