Jo Maxwell

Founder & CEO

Jo Maxwell is an entrepreneur and professional speaker leading The PEP Network; a not-for-profit social enterprise aimed at connecting, inspiring and empowering black female professionals and entrepreneurs in the UK. A network that has created a safe space for women to come together by running events and seminars.


Jo’s ambition is to help create awareness to the inequality and double minority challenge faced by black minority ethnic (BME) women starting a career, in a career or when starting businesses or social enterprise. she has also enabled women to see themselves as a support system for one another.


Since 2017, over 3000 black women have been connected, inspired and empowered through the network, which has tremendously helped shaped the black female community network here in the U.K.


Jo is passionate about inclusive community and as such also Executive Produce and Host a black female talkshow, “The Jo Maxwell Show” which helps demystifies certain controversial topics in the black community. Her show, which currently airs on a number of TV channels and also online, has successfully tackled many of the challenging conversations within the black community, as well as putting spotlight on the great work done and achieved by these women. 

She was listed as Lloyds Banking Group Ethnicity role model for years 2019, 2020. In addition, she was also on the 2020 Race Advisory Board for Lloyds Banking Group.

When she is not working or carrying out the above community duties for the BME community, Jo enjoys spending time with her beautiful family. She is a mother to three legends and a wife. She enjoys travelling, fine dining and her guilty pleasure is catching up on reality shows online.


Jo graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and has since done numerous courses on leadership and management.