Jo qualified as a registered nurse in 1992 and subsequently as a registered health visitor practicing clinically in Leeds and York. She has strategically and operationally managed a full range of acute and community-based services over the past 15 years across North Yorkshire and York at a director level. In 2012 Jo joined NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as the Executive Nurse (helping the CCG work towards being a formal statutory body on 1 April 2013) with a range of statutory responsibilities including safeguarding, and a broad commissioning portfolio.
Jo has a Master’s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change and seeks to develop and encourage effective leadership at every level of the healthcare system. She joined NHS Leeds West CCG in Summer 2015 and is passionate about improving the quality of services for the residents of Leeds with an emphasis on transforming the whole NHS system to a model of high quality integrated health and social care.
In her spare time, Jo keeps herself busy with her six step grandchildren, cooking , reading and chairing the local social committee designing an annual programme of family events.