Jo is the founder and Director of Equal Power Consulting, a company created to help businesses move beyond 'fixing the women' to recognising that their organisation needs to change to make the most of their talented women as well as the men.
Previously, Jo was a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and Minister for Women, from 2012 to 2015. She reported at Cabinet on women in the workplace. She introduced shared parental leave (2015), extended the right to request flexible working (2014), and secured government support for transparency on the gender pay gap in large organisations (from 2016).
Jo worked with Sir Vince Cable, Lord Davies, Helena Morrissey and others to achieve the target of 25% women on FTSE 100 Boards in 2015. Her leadership and actions to improve monitoring helped BIS public appointments of women rise from 32% in 2013 to 51% in 2015.
Jo also Chairs the Board of Maternity Action.
Area of interest: Women in Management
Type: WiM Committee