Joanne is a media entrepreneur with over twenty years experience at the top of international media. An award-winning journalist and television producer, Joanne has held senior management positions in News International, Channel 9 Australia, BBC, and at Sky TV (as Head of News Features and Head of Programme Development). Joanne has worked with leading presenters including David Frost, Nick Ross, Selina Scott, Adam Boulton, and Gloria Huniford, producing interviews with world leaders in their fields. She spent a year inside the White House, during the first Gulf War, producing “All the President’s Women” a documentary profiling the lives of President George Bush Senior’s top female advisors. The programme screened in primetime in 19 countries.
Joanne, is founder and lead trainer of Ceres Communications, (www.cerescom.com), a training and production company, providing communication tool-kits for individuals and organisations who have a desire to communicate with greater clarity, authenticity and gravitas. Ceres works with executives from Chairman-level, through to senior management, to enable them to become more attuned and fluent with the key messages they wish to communicate in interpersonal, intercompany, fund-raising, media and public speaking situations. She is a specialist in boardroom and team communications dynamics.
Joanne previously was founder and Chief Executive of Channel Health – the UK’s first interactive television channel which floated on Aim in 2000 and sold in 2003. She was a finalist in the 2000 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. She is active in the Philanthropic and social enterprise sector, as Chair of NSPCC’s Women Of Influence Group, as a trustee of www.lifebeat.org and as a member of the Princes Trust Women’s Leadership Group.