Jo Laverick

Executive Director

Jo has been our Executive Director since 2004.  She has worked both as a practitioner and as a manager, in community, economic and service development roles. Her experience spans over thirty five years, and has come through developmental roles in local authorities, charities and enterprises within the voluntary sector.

Jo has worked closely with individuals, families and communities in disadvantaged areas of the North East, and she has also developed and managed large scale programmes and initiatives in both the public and voluntary sectors.

Her early career began in North Tyneside, providing support services for young people at risk of being taken into care or custody, and in developing child care resources. 

Jo has been working with rural communities since 1995, beginning in Northumberland where, as Assistant Director of Community Action Northumberland, she developed and managed community based approaches to managing EU funding for locally generated initiatives. This involved carrying out community appraisals and supporting the establishment of local Development Trusts in rural north Northumberland. 

After a period working with the regeneration team at Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council, Jo moved to One NorthEast, where her responsibilities included Fisheries, Food & Drink, Market Towns, the regional Rural Action Plan, and Sustainable Tourism.

During her time with Durham Community Action, Jo has worked with our team to develop a community centred approach to local development in County Durham.

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Tel: 01388 742041

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