Jo joined the Forestry Commission Sotland as Deputy Director in October 2013, taking over from David Henderson-Howat. She joined FCS after 5 years working for the Scottish Government, with responsibilities including sponsorship of Scottish Natural Heritage, the National Park Authorities and CAP policy.

Before this she was a member of the Forest Enterprise England Management Board, responsible for Forest and Corporate Planning. During her earlier career she spent several years at Kielder Forest, oversaw the certification of the Forestry Commission estate across Great Britain, and pioneered the use and development of GIS within the Forestry Commission.

Our Vision for Central Scotland

‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The CSGN is a national development within the National Planning Framework which aims to make ‘a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development’. It involves public agencies and stakeholders working together to align their policies, programmes and actions to achieve a common aim.