Jo began her career in Mental Health Nursing where she focused her interests on working with patients suffering from Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders and Depression. Jo then went on to work with looked after children within a residential setting.
Jo then spent the rest of her pre-academic career establishing a pilot project for the first homeless night shelter in Wrexham, whereby she worked as a Senior Project Worker.
In 2013, Jo enrolled as a student at Wrexham Glyndŵr University on the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice Programme and graduated with a first-class honours degree. During her degree, Jo completed an internship with HM Inspectorate of Probation, where she formed part of the inspectorate team. She also trained to become a restorative Justice facilitator with the youth Justice Service in Wrexham.
Since completing her BA, Jo went on to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education - also at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and soon gained a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the BA Criminology & Criminal Justice Programme.
Jo has since progressed on to becoming a full-time Lecturer and has recently completed her PhD which explores the rehabilitative approach at HMP Berwyn. Jo has a continued interest in prisons and the custodial environment.