In April 2019 Joanna was appointed Bursar of Wolfson College Cambridge.

Joanna has extensive experience in the legal and charity fields, as well as a deep knowledge of Cambridge as an alumna (Newnham), former Associate Fellow (Clare Hall and Newnham), and through holding a senior position in the University administration for 15 years.

She obtained a law degree at Newnham College and then, after a short stint at the European Commission in Brussels, 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.

Joanna 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 nationally ground-breaking job-share arrangement running the University in-house legal team. She then went on to Cambridge University Press as interim General Counsel until 2018 and has since been working with the Director of Communications and the Director of the Strategic Partnerships Office at the University on two strategic projects.