Joanne Peck joined RAD in August 2018 as a Project Assistant.

She has worked on the Wheels to Work project and is now assisting Jacqui Bell with the Policy & Partnerships work and Claire Symonds with Suicide Awareness Training. Jo is also supporting other projects, such as the village halls conference.

Jo was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk but her family moved to Derby when she was 8. She returned to Norfolk to get her degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Jo has lived in Scotland and Cambridgeshire, but returned to Derbyshire with her family in 2007.

Jo worked for many years as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant and then moved to employment with the Derbyshire Libraries as a Library Assistant and then Manager of the Matlock branch.

As well as a busy life as a working mum, over the years Jo has also found the time to fit in some volunteering. She has helped with a local after-school club, holiday club and associated residential trips. She is still a volunteer for delivering Storytime and children’s events at Matlock and Wirksworth library.

When not working Jo enjoys reading, baking, gardening, yoga, badminton and walking Pudding, her rather lively Cockapoo.

Jo said: "I am looking forward to supporting the work of RAD and am so excited about the opportunity to help make a difference to rural communities in Derbyshire."

If you would like to contact Jo, email [email protected] or call 01629 592978 /07738 107072