Jo has a background in corporate training, programme development and communications. She was a Communications Specialist in the internal audit department of United Overseas Bank in Singapore prior to taking a role as a Trainer and Programme Developer for the Visa Business School, where she wrote and presented training programmes for member banks across the Asia Pacific region. Taking a 'break' to work in Paris for two years, she project-managed the successful launch of the International Herald Tribune's Global-Local initiatives, which resulted in local supplements being included in the global edition in Paris, Italy and Germany. She returned to the Visa Business School to manage training in the Australia/New Zealand region, listening to the needs of her market by developing client-focused in-house training for local banks. She wrote and conducted in-house programmes for ANZ Bank, Westpac and NAB.
With a Masters in Literature from Leeds Unviersity, Jo's other passion has always been creative writing. Her first novel was published in Australia and the UK in 2015 and won the International Rubery Award for fiction, as well as being longlisted for the New Angle Prize. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and ABC radio and have won numerous awards in Australia, UK and USA. She has been awarded writing residencies by Varuna The Writer's House, and Bindanon, the estate of the artist Arthur Boyd. Having achieve both corporate and literary success through the help of two inpsiring and generous women mentors, Jo is passionate about seeing others achieving their potential in business and in their personal passions through the mentoring process.