Jo Downham


Jo is the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE ) Finance and Business Support Director, heading up the finance, HR and facilities management functions of IChemE in the UK and internationally. Other areas of responsibility also include IT, governance, legal, and the maintenance of IChemE’s risk register. She is also the secretary of IChemE’s staff pension scheme, the Chemical Engineers’ Benevolent Fund and IChemE’s trading subsidiary IChemE Ltd.

Jo graduated in European Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1995, which included a year at the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. On joining IChemE, Jo started studying for the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, which she completed and qualified in 2005. She subsequently went on to study for the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) qualification and became Chartered in 2014.

Though her work with IChemE, Jo also sits on the Disciplinary Committee for the Royal Society of Chemistry and Finance Board for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers