Joanne Suddaby-Smith BSc (Hons), MSc, C.Psychol
Jo Suddaby-Smith is a Chartered Psychologist with a unique and diverse background in military and educational fields. She has worked at a variety of levels within the MOD and her role included briefing Ministers, Senior Officers and the Defence Media Cell about the Defence Medical Services. She was Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Strategic MOD and Department of Health Partnership Board, liaising across governmental departments to ensure integrated forward-looking solutions to policy implementation. She has advised on assessment of Army Officers throughout the various stages of their selection and training and provided psychometric assessments for Special Duties Officer Selection. She researched suicides in the Army at the time of Deepcut, and as a result, contributed to a significant change in policy. She then taught at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the Department of Communication and Applied Behavioural Science.
In the early years, she was a Programmes Psychologist, at a National College of Further Education for Young people with physical disabilities and head injuries and has considerable experience of working with young students on the autistic spectrum. More recently, she was a specialist mentor for Students with a disability attending University and volunteers as a mentor at Bristol University. Salisbury-based and now keen to offer more to the charitable sector, Jo volunteered her services as an INSPIRE Trustee in November 2019.