Jo Lacon has been a Trafford resident all her life. She spent 16 years working within children's services for Trafford Council supporting the transition to a multiagency service to improve the lives of young people and their families. Jo is currently one of the founding Directors of an independently run charity, Gorse Hill Studios. The charity provides services to young people who present with a range of issues from mental health to exclusion from education, incorporating arts and creativity to generate positive impacts. Jo is aware of the needs of young people and passionate about young people having opportunities to reach their potential.