Jo grew up in Wales and started sailing with her father from a young age on a 22 ft Cat. She started travelling when she was 17 years old, spending time in the Isles of Scilly, Ireland and Australia.

In 1987 she joined Maiden as cook and was responsible for the filming on board.

1994 – After spending 3 years in the Scillies working as cook in the cottage hospital Jo returned to Swansea and began a career in Mental Health.

1997 – After training with the BBC Jo was responsible for the filming on the Catamaran Royal Sun Alliance for the Trans-Atlantic Record attempt.

After the birth of her son in 1998 Jo worked in a respite home with Children and Young people who had profound learning and physical disabilities.

2002 Jo trained as a Counsellor and in 2006 set up her own business working with children, adolescents and adults. She completed her PGCE in teaching in 2008, delivering courses, workshops as well as health and well-being programmes.

Jo has experience of working with a variety of charities including Victim Support, Action for Children, Cruse bereavement care, The Old Mill Foundation (Cancer charity), Womens Aid, Crossroads Young Carers and Rehab.


Most recently, Jo has been employed by Maiden Factor and is Head of Development and liaison.

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