Jo was appointed as CEO of the Stroke Foundation in May 2021. Her leadership experience comes from both the non-profit and private sectors. She joined the Foundation from Barnardos, New Zealand’s largest children’s charity, where she was General Manager of Early Learning. Prior to this, Jo was CEO of the consulting firm Maven, where she worked primarily with clients across health and disability services. For ten years, she was a certified Negotiation and Influencing skills strategist, trainer, and coach for ENS International.
Jo is inspired to make a difference to the lives of those affected by stroke because her mother experienced a life-changing stoke when Jo was a teenager, and her father passed away from a stroke 30 years later. She initially joined the Stroke Foundation as a Board Member in 2018.
Jo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies (Hons), majoring in marketing and market research, and a postgraduate qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She moved to New Zealand in 1995 and is the mother of two adult daughters. She enjoys yoga, dog-walking and reading a good book.