"Working with Jo makes you safe! I don’t have to say to Jo what to do because she tells me what exactly I need to do for a great 5.30 event, from marketing to numbers of volunteers. I am used to working with a lot of professionals, developing 5.30 Events from Italy to US to United Kingdom but, it isn’t easy to find someone who has competence, experience and passion. Jo has all of these skills. I’m proud to have her in my 5.30 Team."
Director 5.30 Events Ltd
"We have worked with Jo for several years now on large events in Brighton, including the Brighton Marathon, and every time it has been a flawless experience. Her attention to detail regarding both the events she organises and our needs, as a video production company, are second to none. She's highly efficient but also great fun to work with. Jo's knowledge of the city, her contacts and also her friendly approach open many doors and ensure that our filming has always gone without a hitch. She also has a good understanding of the TV / Video production process which is essential."
Director Picture Book Films
"Jo was asked to develop and facilitate an independent table top exercise to test the plans of the event organisers and the emergency services for the Wildlife Music Festival held at Brighton City Airport in 2016. Using her knowledge of event planning she reviewed the plans that had been approved by the Safety Advisory Group and put together realistic exercises to test these plans. In doing this she identified and included the change in legislation under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 that would be in force at the time of the festival. She effectively delivered and facilitated the exercise to participants from the event organisers and security, emergency services and local authorities."
Sussex Police Silver Commander
"Grounded Events worked with Jo Osborne from the inaugural Brighton Marathon in 2010 through to 2014 when she left Brighton & Hove City Council. Jo's open mindedness and organised approach to the new major event in the city in 2010 allowed it to be a huge success without any major obstacles from a local government point of view, and her attitude and passion for outdoor events meant growing the marathon, tweaking the route and adding a 10k event to the day was made as easy as possible, with Jo supporting us through negotiations with other local authority departments in the city. We would highly recommend Jo as a person to approach for advice and assistance in turning an event idea into something real and successful."
Managing Director – The Grounded Events Company Ltd
"Jo stepped in as Production Manager on the 2016 Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon & Half Marathon in Nottingham. With only six weeks to go before the event, she did an amazing job. The start/finish lines and race village all looked great and everything went according to plan. Jo made a couple of amendments to the site plan which worked well. Jo has continued to work with Goldline Events as Production Manager on the Sage Reading Half Marathon & Go Girl 5K Run & Beach Party in Brighton. I am very happy to have Jo Event Solutions as part of our Events Team."
Director, Goldline Events – Reading Half Marathon, Go Girl 5K Run & Beach Party, and Nottingham Marathon Events Weekend
"Referring to the organisation of the memorial service in memory of the Shoreham Airshow disaster victims, November 2015 - If I could single out one person for praise it would be Jo Osborne, the Events & Tourism Manager for Adur & Worthing Councils, who worked tirelessly to make sure everything went just right. Every detail was considered."
"I’ve worked with Jo on multiple events in her capacity as Assistant Events Manager for Brighton & Hove City Council and also Events & Tourism Manager for Adur & Worthing Councils. I’ve always found Jo to be professional, positive, dedicated and a calm authority with a wealth of sound knowledge, experience and contacts. Jo has demonstrated on numerous occasions that she is able to offer constructive advice and guidance either in the course of an event cycle or on occasion in a crisis, and I’m certain that Jo will be able to add value to many events and projects in her new role."
Director – Runbase Limited
"We hired Jo to take our signature 8K run to the next level by adding value and numbers and she outstripped even our most optimistic forecasts. A required rise of 10% in entries became 41% with the race sold out for the first time in its history. Calm, organised, focussed and a pleasure to work with. It was a leap of faith to trust our event to an outside organiser, but Jo delivered our event above and beyond expectations."
"Paddle Round the Pier is a registered charity promoting the healthy and safe use of the coastline. Our major event each year is the Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival, a two day event held on Hove Lawns with approaching 50,000 attendees, over 1,000 competitors, 250+ exhibitors and a host of different entertainment and learning venues from a Demonstration Pool to a Ukulele Marquee. Engaging Jo as our Events Manager for the event was the best decision we have made as a Board. Her planning was meticulous, administration faultless; her management delivery comprehensive, friendly and authoritative. All based on sound knowledge, in depth experience and a great approach. The event was a great success due largely to the involvement of Jo – she is absolutely first class"
Chair of Trustees & Organising Committee, PRTP