Joanna obtained a law degree at Newnham College and then qualified as a solicitor. She spent a few years in commercial private practice in the UK before moving to Vancouver, Canada, where she requalified as a Canadian lawyer and practised in the field of corporate finance.
She returned to Cambridge in 1998 and began doing legal work for the University, setting up its first in-house group of lawyers. For 15 years, Joanna had a job-share arrangement as the Joint Head of Legal Services running the University’s Legal Services Office. She then went on to Cambridge University Press as interim General Counsel and then worked with the University on some strategic projects relating to brand and international collaborations, before taking up the position of Bursar here at Wolfson.