Jo Derrick has more than 15 years’ experience in the fostering and children’s services sector both at an operational and, more recently, strategic leadership level. She has extensive experience in supporting foster carers and staff to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of children and young people.

In 2011 Jo became a registered foster carer with her local authority. Since then, she has worked with a number of families providing respite for Looked After children to support their placement with foster carers and as part of ‘edge of care’ support to families. For the past year Jo has been a full-time foster carer.

In October 2019 Jo took up the post of CEO for Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staff), a membership organisation for all of those involved in the lives of young people in Scotland leaving care.

Jo completed a post graduate certificate in ‘Child Protection and Welfare’ in 2017 and is currently completing an MBA with a Specialism in Leadership studies. She has been a Director of IFCO since 2017 and is a Director on the boards of various child-focused charities/organisations, enabling cross-fertilisation of best practice in strategic performance and good board governance.