Jo is a strategic leader with a broad skillset and extensive experience of regeneration and growth, focused on creative, cultural and digital sectors.
He has a strong track record of developing and managing creative people, places, programmes and policies including major infrastructure projects such as MediaCityUK (Salford), the Northern Way Media Enterprise Centre Network (Northern England), Gloworks (Cardiff) and Pinewood Studio Wales; large-scale finance, business support, enterprise and talent development initiatives for arts, music, film, TV and digital media; international trade, investment and innovation partnerships; and strategic, operational and capital plans for arts organisations, creative businesses, and regional and national governments.
Former roles include Head of Creative Industries at Welsh Government, Digital & Creative Sector Development Manager at Northwest Development Agency, Enterprise Development Director at Merseyside Music Development Agency and Executive Director at FACT Liverpool, in addition to board positions at Liverpool City Region LEP, Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium and Ropewalks District CIC.
Jo is a member of the Creative Industries Federation UK Council, governor of St Mary’s College Crosby, and a Club Liverpool Ambassador. He is a non-exec director of Sound City Liverpool and a practicing musician, composer and producer.
Jo holds an MBA (Music Industries) from Liverpool University, an MA (Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy) from Oxford University and is an alumnus of Common Purpose.