Jo Wheeler has been working in the media for over 25 years. She is seen internationally on Sky News as a weather presenter, but has a broad history of radio and television presentation; as a programme lead, news anchor, continuity and more recently in weather. In addition, she has been much in demand as a corporate presenter, both live and recorded, a conference facilitator, a scriptwriter and as a media trainer. Her clients have included the likes of Audi Volkswagen, BT, Boots and British Rail.
Her presentations for companies such as Jungheinrich, Pirelli, BT Compaq, IBM and PCL Cygnus have often led to further scriptwriting as she is very technically minded. Her voice has been heard for Barclaycard, Kodak, Central Digital and Marconi.
Along the way, she has been contracted to Orion Airways, (later Britannia) to incorporate their Omega Navigation fit into the original Boeing Manuals, and to streamline both flying and cabin crew procedures. She has held PR Contracts with Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen), Crosfield Electronics and Raleigh bicycles.
More recently, she has expanded her training repertoire into ‘business and social etiquette’ and ‘effective communication’, working alongside Diana Mather at Public Image; for The English Manner and The Etiquette Connection.
Having joined a local brass band as an absolute novice two years ago, Jo has been invited to some of the country’s biggest Brass Competitions as both presenter and adjudicator, and is enjoying a fast track education in this field.
A mother of five children, she spent 7 years in Portugal where the family renovated an old Algarvian villa. During this time she continued to commute back to London to fulfil her commitments to Sky Television, but she was also teaching music at the International school there. It was the lack of sixth form provision that brought the family home, a decision vindicated through the recent graduation of her two eldest, in Law and Nursing, respectively. She has one child studying Spanish and Philosophy whilst the two youngest are going through the local Grammar school.
Jo would consider herself as something of an expert on education, having experienced both the private and state system within the UK; teaching methods within the international schools abroad, state assisted boarding schools, and a return to the grammar school system still prevalent in some parts of Britain. Jo is also well acquainted with the problems of trying to raise a family whilst also attempting to pursue a fairly high powered job.
During her seven years abroad, she had plenty of time to observe the pros and cons of ex pat life and learned the hard way about the essential life adjustments involved in both leaving Britain and later returning.
As previously mentioned, Jo has a very technical mind, and is often found under a malfunctioning car, or rebuilding a vacuum cleaner! Her fascination with machinery, industrial or domestic, is limitless!
In her free time, Jo walks her three dogs, plays tenor horn, sax and piano.