Jo Thomas is CEO and Artistic Director of Metro Arts, Queensland's preeminent multidisciplinary arts hub. Over the past 3 years Jo has guided Metro Arts through a period of once-in-a-generation change redesigning the organisation's business model and creating the Metro Arts Future Fund (MAFF) to sustain art and artists into the future. For this work Jo was awarded the 2020 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year; as well as being the state winner of the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category. Under her leadership Metro Arts has also won significant awards including a Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2020) and the Palliative Care Queensland Award for Innovation in Community. Jo has also worked as a performer in film, television and theatre and toured locally and nationally with her works. She is a Churchill Fellow and holds a Masters Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) from NIDA.