I’m Jo Lloyd, I’m 48 years old – proud of every one of those years! – born in Stockton on Tees and now living in sunny Saltburn.
I have a BA Hons degree in Business Studies, specialising in Marketing, a diploma in marketing from the Handeslhojskole Syd in Esbjerg, Denmark and a post graduate diploma in Public Relations from the IPR/Leeds Metropolitan University.
Professionally, I have a unique background which combines experience in project management with communications, public relations, intranet and training skills and have particular expertise in information governance, plain English, data management and culture change.
I started my career as an assistant editor of a business magazine in the mid-90s, then joined the NHS as PA to the chief executive of Tees Health Authority in 1998.
Following an 18 month stint in New Zealand, I joined the communications team of our local mental health trust in 2001 where I stayed for 15 years in various guises, mostly in communications, information governance and project management. I joined North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT in November 2016 as a project manager, and I now work with staff across the trust, offering project management support to help continually improve the quality and efficiency of the services we provide.
Outside of work, I’m a mum of three as well as a founder and committee member of our local voluntary beach cleaning group, Keeping it Clean at Saltburn (KICAS) – and sing in a soul band.
I love working for the NHS – my time in NZ really brought home to me how much we take free healthcare for granted, and what an amazing and precious service we have here. As a project manager, I know how important it is to establish a vision, a clear direction of travel, and to make sure this vision is achievable, and as a communications professional, I recognise how essential it is that information is clear, simple and practical.
I was delighted and honoured to accept a role as trustee with Leo’s, and hope to be able to bring these skills to the board as a critical friend.