Joanna has not taken a traditional route into Technology – however her keen problem-solving skills, impatience for change and passion for intellectual challenge have proven a great match for the obstacles facing Technology Project and Programme Managers today.

After gaining her Bachelors degree in Russian and Politics from Durham University, Joanna joined the Barclays Operations Graduate Scheme in 2012 and was promoted to VP after 4 and a half years. During this time Joanna has honed her project and programme management skills, including as a Regulatory Relations Business Partner and a HR Chief of Staff, joining the Technology Strategic and Regulatory Change Team in 2016. This breadth of knowledge has proven invaluable in her subsequent roles and allowed expansion of Joanna’s network beyond her immediate remit, tackling challenges with a different perspective and drive for custom-focused solutions.

In the last two years Joanna has delivered a programme of work to transform the way the Change Team operate, continuing this work in a voluntary capacity as a representative of the engagement forum to ensure colleague development opportunities. Since 2017, Joanna has been working to deliver Technology change for the Clearing business and was appointed earlier this year to manage their Brexit Technology Programme.

A passionate advocate for gender equality for many years, Joanna is the Co-Chair for the Develop & Promote Committee of the Barclays gender network and often sits on panels for internal and external events. Particularly within Technology, she mobilised her senior management team’s input into the International Women’s Day 2018 Campaign, and has been a champion for identification and management of female talent. Last year she also designed, coordinated and delivered a digital skills training day for a Barclays Pensioners Committee, giving them the tools to engage their 400 members through the free online training opportunities available.

Joanna has raised over £32,000 for The Prince’s Trust, WildHearts, Mind and other smaller charities through organising black-tie galas, entrepreneurial competitions, running half marathons and cycling from London to Paris. She has also worked with The Girls Network to design and establish Advisory Boards for mentoring schemes in Manchester and Birmingham.