Jo O’Driscoll

Jo started her career in publishing, commissioning and editing books on business and environmental science. She moved on to head up publishing and communications for one of the UK’s leading think tanks before moving to the government’s Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in 2002. At MLA she managed communications strategies for major national campaigns such as Renaissance, the £150 million scheme to transform regional museums, and the People’s Network, a £120 million project to connect all public libraries to the internet.

Jo was seconded to oversee communications for the government’s newly established Gambling Commission during the passage of the Gambling Act in 2005, and then the Judicial Appointments Commission during the implementation of the Constitutional Reform Act the following year. Since then she has overseen communications strategy for a range of public sector organisations and charities, including Britain’s best performing fire service, the National Trust and Legacy Trust UK. She also acts as editorial consultant to government departments including the Departments for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Energy and Climate Change, and Business, Innovation and Skills.

Jo is a Trustee of TAMBA, the twins and multiple birth association, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Fellow of the RSA. At home, she enjoys spending time with her young family, eating and drinking with friends, and visiting galleries and museums.