Baroness Jo Valentine joined London First in 1997 as Managing Director, and was Chief Executive from 2003 to December 2016. Her role centred on representing to national and local government the most pressing issues affecting London’s leading businesses, including vital and successful advocacy for Crossrail and campaigning for “Let Britain Fly”.
Since beginning her career in corporate finance at Barings, Jo led the planning and corporate finance department at BOC Group in the early 1990’s. She set up and ran ‘The Blackburn Partnership’; in the late 1980’s and was a National Lottery Commissioner from 2000 to 2005.
Her career spans the City, industry, regeneration and public policy and includes;
- Non-Executive Director of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited since October 2014
- Council Member of UCL since 2014
- Director at Peabody Trust, serving as a Member of the Board of Governors from February 2012 to July 2017
- Special Projects Director for Business in the Community; Jo is currently leading the development of a regeneration plan for Blackpool
After becoming a Crossbench Peer in 2005, Jo sat on the Europe sub-committee on transport, providing pre-legislative scrutiny of European infrastructure proposals. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford and Birkbeck, and holds honorary degrees from Roehampton University and the University of London.