Jo has extensive experience of working in the arts and with communities. She was previously People United’s Head of Research and Innovation and is primary author of our Arts and Kindness paper. Jo now helps to inform our work around research and its application within neighbourhood settings.

She was formerly Director of the Leap Academy of Youth and Conflict, and for ten years worked as a specialist cohesion adviser for Communities and Local Government. Jo is currently a Director of Talk for a Change, a community interest company specialising in dialogue facilitation and conflict transformation, and also CEO of StreetDoctors, a charity supporting high risk young people in learning first aid and changing their attitudes towards violence.