Meet RISE Consultant

Jo Wood

Jo is an artist, coach, writer and group facilitator, based in London. She loves to learn more about what’s going on beneath the surface; for her, for people she works with, in groups and culturally, ultimately so we have access to more choice.

She holds a degree in Psychology, a masters degree in Gender Studies and she's an experienced practitioner of Nonviolent Communication; all of which inform her work. She holds a coaching qualification in Coaching for Leadership, Psychodynamic Approaches with The Tavistock Institute. She has also recently completed a practitioner programme with Body Informed Leadership, which uses an embodied approach to looking at connection, identity and power.

Jo has been involved with RISE since 2016, supporting our work as both a consultant and a RISE resident artist. Alongside her artistic endeavours, she co-founded PlayScapes, working with power, difference, inclusion and exclusion. Other influences on her work are mindfulness, improvisation and clowning. 

What they bring to their work

playfulness, insight, sensitivity

  • BSc Psychology
  • MA in Gender Studies
  • Coaching for Leadership, Psychodynamic Approaches with The Tavistock Institute
  • Body Informed Leadership practioner programme
  • Improvisation to work with connection and challenging conversations
  • Equity, Diversity + Inclusion
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Confidence Course Leader Training with The Sunflower Effect/Making Moves

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“I like the format of the sessions, and I am particularly supportive of Jo, her calm facilitation, knowledge and containment. Watching myself is always useful and more impactful when it is through the body. I am learning to accept and value my combative energy!” - Luciano, participant in workshop