Jo graduated from the Norwich University of the Arts with a BA Hons in Visual Studies and later an MA in Fine Art.
She has had group and solo exhibitions, showing work in a range of media and has worked on community arts projects. Jo was Director of her own steel design and fabrication company, working with a small team on projects for commercial clients for six years.
For seven years, Jo led a team of over 40 arts lecturers and creative practitioners at City College Norwich. This included running courses for over 1,000 creative arts students, through a 180 seat receiving and production theatre, music rehearsal/recording and TV production studios, digital, fashion and fine arts studios.
Whilst at City College, she played a lead role in developing the curriculum, co-writing five creative BA hons. degree programmes. Jo also worked with colleagues from the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy and Arts Council England (East) to establish and deliver the first Creative Apprenticeships scheme, with delivery across the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Jo was also instrumental in the development of the College’s new purpose built creative arts building in Norwich, ensuring that the future of the arts in the city remains at the forefront of the College's activity.
She was a founder board member of Norwich Fashion Week, that saw an increase of circa 30,000 to footfall during the week-long list of activities on an annual basis. Her primary focus was ensuring the delivery of the New Designers' Show and providing opportunities for students to work alongside those already establishing careers in the creative industries.
Jo has worked as a College Principal and CEO in the UK and is now the Principal of the University College, Isle of Man.
A strong supporter of all art forms, she brings her wealth of experience on boards/councils and as an educational leader to the IOM Arts Council.
Joined the Arts Council in 2016
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