Jo is the first woman to achieve this. Remarkably they achieved these records not only while Rob was in remission from his second bout of cancer, but also in spite of facing death along the way, while stranded high in the Himalaya.
Jo's book, 'Holding On - a story of love and survival' was successfully launched in the UK and internationally in 2006. As a talented and keen photographer, Jo has captured images from some of the most remote and wild places around the globe and in addition to contributing to the prestigious Nikon Owner Magazine, she is currently working on her second, photographic book.
Jo developed a real passion for the outdoors from an early age whilst on family holidays where sailing, camping and hiking were the norm. Although Jo competed successfully throughout her school years in numerous athletics disciplines, she excelled in her academic studies too, going on to be awarded the highest grade and a first class honours degree in 'Business Management and Clothing', as well as a 'Diploma in Biblical Studies'. After this Jo was accepted on the acclaimed graduate management programme at Marks and Spencer which led to her career as a Product Technologist in the men's and women's wear buying teams.
Jo's university summer vacations saw her love for travel and adventure develop as she worked overseas extensively in Kenya, Romania, Bolivia, US, Greece and Malaysia. With roles varying from sailing instructor and lifeguard to community, hospital and church based projects. In 1997, Jo's career changed direction as she wanted to pursue a profession more dedicated towards helping people - something she had always enjoyed throughout her ten years of church youth work. After gaining a degree in Physiotherapy she worked at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), one of the country's leading NHS trusts as well as working privately for the London Welsh Rugby Club and teaching Clinical Pilates.
Jo's warm and gregarious personality combined with her dynamic and engaging speaking style enables her to inspire, challenge and motivate any audience. She brings fascinating insights as a result of her experiences, but her reflections both as a female and a wife are also unique. Whilst Jo's achievements may seem out of reach for most people, audiences are often delighted and relieved to discover she is from a "very ordinary background" without any of the potential advantages of a privileged upbringing or education. By tenaciously overcoming personal obstacles, Jo has discovered that so many of life's answers are within reach of us all. Jo loves to inspire people to be the best they can be, maintain perspective, and passionately pursue their dreams. Jo lives in west London with her husband Rob, who is now an MD for a major financial institution.