Jo has worked in the social enterprise arena for 20 years; initially responsible as Programme Director for a multi million pound European funded project that led to the founding and formation of Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE). Jo has continued to be a Director of SEEE and was voted onto the SEUK Board by its (then) membership Council; representing social enterprise at a grass roots level.

A SFEDI accredited Business Advisor; Jo started her consultancy business in September 2011. She has quickly gained a range of clients and her main area of work is supporting social enterprises in their business development; writing business plans and facilitating the creation of realistic growth strategies.

Jo has undertaken the role of Programme Director in a wide range of UK and European government funded projects working towards increased take-up of business support services by individuals from ethnic minority communities; resulting in the establishment of two highly successful business support networks in the East of England Region.  Jo was also responsible for a range of women’s projects including the ESF Breaking Barriers and New Horizons projects which carried out action research exploring the barriers to accessing business support services experienced by women. These projects enabled women to improve their employability skills and, for many, enterprise and business start up became a route out of exclusion and poverty. Jo sat as a member of a number of strategic boards and panels including the business board of the East of England Skills and Competitive Partnership, the Women’s Enterprise regional steering group.

Equality and diversity are core underpinning themes in all Jo’s work: after influencing the strategic development of equality and diversity within the East of England Business Links Network, she supported Business Link East in ensuring that their programmes were accessible to all. Jo was also instrumental in embedding diversity within the business start up operational plans for Business Link Yorkshire and ensuring that equality positive services were both created and delivered. Within both of these contracts Jo led on the social enterprise support strand of service delivery, influencing in both regions the need for SEs to have a higher level of publicly funded resource given the often complex nature of SE start up when compared to traditional business.