Jo is a Dr of Education and Early Childhood, she works as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Hull in East Yorkshire where she is employed as Programmes Lead for Education, Childhood and Youth Studies. Jo has worked with children and young people for over seventeen years in a variety of contexts before entering academia twelve years ago. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Institute for Lifelong Learning and is passionate about making a difference to the lived experiences of children.
After a long struggle with the symptoms of a clotting disorder all her life Jo was diagnosed with Type 2 Von Willebrand Disease fifteen years ago. She has three children, two of which also suffer with the condition. Jo is keen to raise awareness of the Von Willebrand Disease among medical services and the public and in particular support women and children who struggle daily with bleeding conditions which are still largely misunderstood and at times unknown.