Joanne initially trained as a linguist, obtaining a BA (Hons) in French and German with interpreting and translation.

She moved into journalism – and to Brussels – in 1997, writing about the forest products sector for the industry-leading weekly, PPI This Week. Joanne then relocated to Singapore for a year with the launch of a new fortnightly publication focusing on the Asian market, PPI Asia News. Returning to Brussels, she was promoted to Editor of both publications and later to Editorial Director, managing a team of journalists in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Joanne began writing for AEIDL in October 2012, and became editor of the LIFEnews monthly newsletter in January 2013, covering the latest news, projects, publications and events related to the EU LIFE programme. Since August 2017, she has concentrated on writing for thematic publications about the LIFE programme and on news for the LIFE website, as well as proofreading a range of content for publication online and in print.

During her career as a journalist, Joanne has written, sub-edited and proofread articles for a variety of media formats (including newsletters, magazines, books and websites). Joanne has written on a wide range of subjects including industry and industrial processes, environmental issues and regulations in the forest products industry and associated sectors (e.g. waste management, recycling, the REACH chemicals legislation and the EU’s emissions trading scheme), nature protection and conservation, the marine environment, air quality, green jobs, and climate change.

With a keen interest in science and nature, Joanne obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physical Science with the Open University, a distance learning institution in the UK, in 2015.