Joanne obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physics (with French) from the University of Reading.
She started a career in scientific publishing as Editor of a peer-reviewed, rapid publication journal for the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the Institution of Engineering and Technology). She then moved to the Met Office, where she worked as Editor of a wide variety of published materials, from technical to corporate/marketing communications. Her role included many aspects of publishing and production, including branding, visual identity, and work on ISO quality assurance procedures.
Joanne later moved to Cable & Wireless as a Writer, working on detailed service descriptions for product launches, internal sales communications and external marketing collateral for national media campaigns.
Joanne joined Forest Research as Publications Manager/Editor in April 2006.