Jo joined Youth Business International in 2016 as Head of Mentoring and in early 2018 she became the Director of Programme Delivery while maintaining the lead for mentoring. Her role encompasses leading the capacity development work around mentoring, entrepreneurship training, innovation and digital in order to support the YBI Networks' 50 organisations in their mission to enable underserved young entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.
She started her coaching and mentoring career in 2007 as part of the international consultancy Clutterbuck Associates, founded by Professor David Clutterbuck, and her final role there was in leading the business as Principal Consultant.
Jo has spoken at a variety of conferences on the topic of mentoring, including the European Microfinance Network annual conference, Venice; University of New Mexico's 11th annual mentoring conference on Mentoring Coaching and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the USA and more. In 2017 she designed and hosted the 3rd Annual Mentoring Masterclass in London. A week-long event for over 40 attendees from around the world, which focused on inspiring the YBI global network of mentoring practitioners to develop themselves and their programmes.
Jo has a Postgraduate Qualification in Mentoring and Coaching Programme Design and Evaluation from Sheffield Hallam Business School and a Foundation Coaching Supervision qualification with Bath Consultancy Group.
She is currently working on YBI's first Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in over 5 years – titled Innovation for Impact, which will bring together YBI members from around the globe with other funders and partners to look to the future of youth entrepreneurship programmes and how the sector continues to improve and innovate in the work they do.