Joanna gained a First Class Honours degree in Building Surveying from the University of the West of England whilst working for her family stone masonry business and it was during this time that she developed an interest in historic buildings. As this passion developed she went on to achieve a Merit in MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings from Bath University and began to pursue a career in Heritage.
After gaining a position as a Site Surveying Assistant for English Heritage in which she worked on the development and population of asset management systems, Joanna swiftly developed her career carrying out roles in Asset & Facilities Management and Conservation Maintenance Project Management.
In 2016 Joanna was offered the opportunity to undertake a collaborative doctoral partnership with Historic England and the University of Reading, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her research area draws upon her experience of Heritage Asset Management and will investigate new ways of digital data management for the historic built environment, in particular, Heritage BIM.
In 2017 Joanna took the step to set up her own heritage management and surveying consultancy, to sit alongside her PhD research, after winning her first contract with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. She is now working alongside other large heritage organisations providing BIM advice, in particular the development of information requirements for BIM enabled heritage asset management. She will be publishing new industry guidance in Spring 2019. Her consultancy work also includes historic building recording, LBC design & access statements and conservation management plans.