She has many years of educating children’s and youth workers in reflective professional and ministerial practice, and is excited to be teaching and sharing from her vast experience.
- Professional Career
Jo has experience in youth work spanning 30 years. She has worked as a volunteer in church and Local Authority contexts. Before starting work at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, she worked as a full-time professional youth worker and locality manager in a Local Authority.
Jo worked at Ridley Hall between 2005 and 2015, first as Assistant Centre Director at what was formerly known as CYM (Centre for Youth Ministry) and then as Centre Director from 2010. She recently worked as Director of a children, youth and families project based at St Andrew’s Church Enfield, before returning to Ridley in 2020.
- Academic Background
Jo’s PHD is from Brunel University. Her thesis focused on the professional identity formation of newly graduated Christian youth workers. Her MA, also from Brunel University, was in Youth and Community Studies. Jo has a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology from Oxford Brookes University. She is also JNC qualified.
- Personal Background
Jo has three grown up children and lives in Enfield with her husband Steve who is a Vicar. They have a dog called Jess.
Jo enjoys spending time holidays in Somerset and walking across Exmoor.