Jo has always been interested in making her own things and was crafty from a young age. Doing DIY from a young age allowed her to spend some time with her Dad whilst learning a new skill. As she got older she liked the independence that being able to do her own refurbishments gave her. Although she knows her limitations and in 2006 when she was refurbishing a property in London she struck upon an idea. Jo found the process of trying to find good tradespeople frustrating and at times intimidating. So she set up her own property maintenance company supplying an all female workforce. With over 60 female plumbers, carpenters, decorators, electricians and plasterers the company has become very successful. Over the years Jo & Home Jane have been lucky to be awarded some prestigious accolades, but Jo sold the business in 2012 in order to spend more time with her family and work on other projects.
Extemely passionate about teaching people this crucial life skill, Jo has authored a book called The Girls Guide to DIY and co-presented the Channel 4 Television Series “Make, Do and Mend” and is the DIY expert columnist for House Beautiful magazine and she often speaks at conferences, events and schools and acts as a mentor to several start-up businesses. Visit Jo’s website to read more about her work.