Jo is a highly committed HIV activist. Since diagnosis in 2008 she has used the print, broadcast and online media skills gained through 30 years in the business to increase knowledge about HIV and, by so doing, reduce stigma.
In January 2018 Jo became media advisor to the British HIV Association (BHIVA). She is on the steering group of The UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB), a member of the advisory group of the National Aids Trust (NAT), a Positive Voices speaker and research panel member for the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and a member of Body and Soul. Participation in HIV research studies includes Positive Outcomes and the OPEN study. Jo was a UK community founder member of the Canada-International HIV Research and Rehabilitation Collaborative (CIHRRC).
She also contributes to mental health sector projects and has worked with the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) since 2009. She is the patient representative for her local Surrey HIV clinic and a Trustee of both Surrey Community Action and not-for-profit social enterprise Travel Matters Enterprises Ltd.
Jo represents the voluntary sector on the Council of Governors for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) and until the end of 2017 was Vice Chair of a standing committee for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).