Joanna KennedyJo Kennedy

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Jo is an arts graduate who has since trained in groupwork and consultancy at the Institute of Group Analysis and the Tavistock Institute. She has worked for 25 years in Scotland and internationally in the community care and community development sectors. Her early experience was in pioneering person centred approaches to community building for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. She went on to work in community development specialising in participatory approaches particularly around planning and evaluation. Her current work focuses on leadership development and collaboration. She facilitates the Person Centred Stakeholder Group for Scottish Government, and recently facilitated a Scottish Leaders Forum meeting on Prevention. Her current work includes designing and delivering cross-sector leadership development programmes in the context of health and social care integration, and working with SCDC on behalf of Workforce Scotland, to research the provision of support to front-line practitioners to engage with communities more effectively.

Key strengths:

Change management, strategic planning, evaluation and action research. Trained in organisational analysis, group dynamics, mediation and systemic thinking.

Particular experience:

Community health and social care, regeneration and community engagement and faith groups.

External roles:

Advisor to the Board of Scottish Community Development Centre, Member of the Bayswater College and Director of the Bayswater Conference

“I have found Jo to be creative, flexible and adaptable. I feel very confident when working with her that no matter what ‘comes up’ Jo can expertly manage it. In every interaction Jo has delivered my expectations and at times exceeded this, as often suggestions are made to improve the experience or outcome from their intervention. Animate work with you to plan the outcomes that you want. They make suggestions on how you can achieve this and are very flexible and adaptable.”

Linda Burnett, Senior Manager, RNIB