Meet Jo Swinney, Head of Communications

1 Jun 2020
(international)
people

A Rocha International is excited to welcome Jo Swinney as our new Head of Communications!

Jo brings experience ranging from being Director of Communications for CPO (Christian Publishing and Outreach), editor of Preach Magazine and the author of six books. She is the eldest daughter of Peter and Miranda Harris, A Rocha’s founders, and was raised in Portugal in the first A Rocha centre. She is delighted to be rejoining the A Rocha family and can’t wait to get started.

Why A Rocha?

‘So many reasons! I love A Rocha’s message of hope in the face of bleak statistics and sensationalist headlines. I love that so many places have been physically transformed by the outworking of this hope – faithful, ongoing and practical care of creation in God’s name and for his glory. I love that A Rocha doesn’t pit planet against people but works for the benefit of all, and I love the emphasis on community.’

What will your role involve?

‘Anything that has to do with communication, from social media, enews and annual reports, to press releases and articles for media outlets. I’ll be working to raise our profile, increase our internal communication and craft our message to get it heard by the people we want to engage.’

What else should we know about you?

‘I laugh and cry a lot, I say the things other people only think, I ask a lot of questions and I love cooking for people (and eating!). I have lived in five countries – England, Portugal, Zimbabwe, France and Canada – and my husband is American. I read a lot, mostly before falling asleep, and I really hate washing up. We have two cats. They have bells on their collars and have only ever killed one bird between them.’

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