Growing up in Norfolk, Jo’s outdoor adventures revolved around the sea and open spaces and she didn’t discover anything resembling a mountain until she was in her late teens. ‘Heady’ climbs of Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Snowdon were succeeded by an attempt at rock-climbing around Hathersage, which only served to confirm her life-long fear of heights and her preference for water-based adventures.
She discovered sailing in her mid-twenties, with trips in a 26’ wooden boat around the Wash and the Humber, before a solo trip to Australia and several weeks in the Whitsundays gave her a preference for sailing in sunny conditions with pristine beaches and a hot shower. Since then she has completed her RYA qualifications to Day Skipper level and has sailed both monohulls and catamarans in Croatia, the Canaries, Greece and the Caribbean. She has also rafted white water in Australia and New Zealand.
In her working life, she was a partner in a firm of Chartered Surveyors, before becoming a Recruitment Manager, and then spent ten years helping to look after special places with the National Trust as a Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager, Here, she completed her CIM Marketing qualification as well as many other courses not related to adventuring in the outdoors. She now focuses on communications at Adventure RMS and in her spare time she enjoys cycling, walking, sailing, canoeing and kayaking and is looking forward to getting better at staying on a SUP.