A former graduate of Dundee University, Joanna commenced her Tertiary Education career, spanning over 22 years, as a Lecturer in Computing before progressing into a number of senior management roles.
Joanna joined Dumfries & Galloway College as Principal in June 2019 from City of Glasgow College, where she held the post of Vice Principal Student Experience. Here she gained a wealth of experience in leading transformational change, curriculum innovation, widening access, and performance excellence. Whilst at City of Glasgow, Joanna was the Chair of the Regional Learning and Teaching Group and the Glasgow Regional STEM Hub.
Prior to working at City of Glasgow College, Joanna was Assistant Principal for Learning and Teaching at Fife College where she was instrumental in establishing the first regional STEM Strategy and the award-winning ‘Girls into Energy’ programme with Shell UK.
Whilst Head of Department for Life Sciences, Maths and Computing at Forth Valley College, Joanna initiated the Engineers of the Future programme; an award-winning work based learning degree in partnership with Heriot Watt University and INEOS Manufacturing Ltd. She also led the college to become the first STEM Assured College in Scotland in 2012 an innovative skills-based Life Science degree with the University of Stirling.
Joanna also works as an Associate Assessor for Education Scotland, Chairs the Digital Skills Partnership Board and is a member of The Data Lab’s Skills Advisory Board.