After graduating in law from Glasgow University Joanne was appointed to the UK Civil Service at The Scottish Office. She held a range of positions including supporting the development and implementation of Scottish devolution and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. She also enjoyed a six month secondment to the European Commission to work on the European Union’s response to the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
In 2005 she emigrated from Scotland to South Australia where she joined the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Corporate Services team. Moving to Queensland in 2008 she initially took up a position with Queensland Treasury to undertake a review of TAFE fees and charges. She has largely remained with Queensland Treasury, leading teams responsible for advising government on a variety of topics including education, public safety, justice and unemployment.
In 2015 she supported Walter Sofronoff’s Commission of Inquiry into the 2011 Grantham Floods.
Since April 2016 Joanne has been Director of the Market-Led Proposals (MLP) Team in Queensland Treasury. Joanne will participate in a concurrent session about different approaches to funding community services. Her presentation will focus on explaining the criteria that MLPs should address, such as alignment with government policy, priority and community need; justification for direct negotiation; value for money; and the organisation’s capacity and capability to deliver the project.