Jo was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2010 and reappointed in July 2015. Born on the South Downs at Winton Street, Alfriston, Jo has been closely connected to and lived on the South Downs all her life. Her family has farmed the Downs in East Sussex for over four generations and she now farms 160 acres at Jevington, and her immediate family still farms over 1000 acres in the area.
Jo studied for a Law Degree at University College London and was called to the Bar before becoming a legal journalist, editor and director of a legal publishing company. Her career as a journalist included contributing as a columnist to the Times and Evening Standard and editing and reporting a Channel 4 legal series. She purchased Street Farm in 2001 – the land is mainly in an Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme, grazed by sheep. She has been Parish Councillor for the Jevington Ward, Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council since 2005.