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Jo Watkins

Now a Director at Novo, Jo has spent 10 very successful years with the business. Jo has extensive experience recruiting senior management and board-level professionals across a range of industry sectors.

Jo Watkins

About Jo Watkins

After graduating with a degree in English, Jo spent her early career in account management and service delivery roles in the FMCG sector.

Now a Director at Novo, Jo has spent 10 very successful years with the business. Jo has extensive experience recruiting senior management and board level professionals across a range of industry sectors.

Placing a high level of importance on ensuring clients’ expectations are exceeded, Jo has a strong reputation for project delivery.

Jo has a wide portfolio of returning clients that she has worked with for many years, assisting with their executive, non-executive and interim appointments.


Over the past 12 years, Jo has worked with a large number of business leaders and senior HR professionals, providing executive search services specifically tailored to hire senior management and board level roles. Through a rigorous and thorough market mapping process, clients are able to engage with a broad pool of talent from their market of interest, thus giving access to highly defined, key skills.

Jo’s clients broadly sit across the environment, construction and more general ‘built environment’ sectors, as well as manufacturing, life sciences ad FMCG. Working on roles within a £50,000-£150,000 salary range throughout the UK and overseas, Jo advises clients regularly on; techniques to engage with high calibre talent, leadership, succession planning, governance, culture, diversity and inclusion. With all assignments that Jo leads, she runs them with the utmost levels of professionalism and timeliness, Jo is recognised by a high number of repeat clients as being highly professional, tenacious and successful, bringing great value to their businesses and their ability to hire key talent.


The search assignments Jo works on are senior management and director level plus key interim requirements. These may be highly developed technical skillsets or general management and board level operators. Example roles include, Managing Directors, General Managers, Finance Managers and Directors, Commercial and Business Development Directors, Operations Directors, Technical and Manufacturing Managers plus interim and non-executive assignments. Jo has significant experience in running creative executive search projects that utilise both in depth market mapping and her comprehensive networks and contacts to ensure comprehensive access to any given market during a project life cycle. Her capability of knowing how to drive a project effectively, ensuring clients are kept up to date and maximum results are achieved, is highly developed.


BA(Hons) English Language & Communication, Cardiff University

The King’s High School for Girls, Warwick – GCSE & A Level education