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. During this time she met her husband, Lawrie, who was in the RAF.

Having lived in Scotland and Cambridgeshire they moved back to Derbyshire in 2007. Jo and Lawrie have 3  children and a lively Cockapoo called Pudding. She 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, Jo has also found the time to fit in some volunteering during her time in Scotland and Cambridgeshire. More locally she has supported the work of the Churches by volunteering with the 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 or volunteering Jo likes reading, baking, gardening, yoga, badminton and walking Pudding (or rather being dragged over the hills by Pudding!).

She's a 'Strictly' fan and also loves watching 'Bake Off' and scandi crime dramas on the TV. She adores children’s picture books and would love to create her own children’s picture book one day (maybe Pudding could be the main character - she is certainly providing enough material!).

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.