Jo is Director of Aimhigher Research and Consultancy Network (ARC), a small company that undertakes research and project work on progression issues in education particularly those related to widening participation in higher education. Until 2012, Jo was Director of the Aimhigher initiative in Greater Manchester, leading a large partnership of schools, colleges and universities to raise the aspirations of young people with no higher education heritage to go to university. Aimhigher delivered university summer schools and campus visits for school pupils and a wide range of support and activities in schools and colleges.
Jo lives in Rochdale and has three daughters who all attended local schools. She believes in the transformative power of education and the right of all to achieve their potential.
In her spare time, she likes to dig the allotment, walk and learn Italian in preparation for a trip to the cities and hills of Italy.