Joanna Simpson was brought up on the Isle of Man. After completing a Business Studies Degree at Bath University she settled in Berkshire where she had a successful career as a European Marketing Manager working for Dell, ICL, Picture Tel and other businesses in the digital economy. In the latter stages of her life she ran her home as a five star Bed and Breakfast which enabled her to give lots of time to bring up her two young children.
In 1999 she married British Airways Captain Robert Brown. They had two children, a son and a daughter.
However, the marriage was not a happy one, and Jo was a victim of domestic abuse through coercive control, isolation and intimidation. In 2007 after a severe instance of violence the marriage dissolved and subsequently there followed 3 years of acrimonious divorce proceedings. During this time Robert Brown subjected Jo to further abuse, stalking, and controlling behaviour.
On Halloween 2010, at the age of just 46 Jo was battered to death by Robert Brown in the vicinity of her children aged just 10 and 9 at the time. This occurred one week before the finalization of her divorce.
Her body was found 5 days later, buried in a pre-dug grave in Windsor Great Park. Despite evidence of considerable planning, Robert Brown was convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility in May 2011 and he was given a 26 year sentence.
Jo was a very special talented and delightful woman She was loved by everyone who met her. She was warm, caring, and a selfless mother, daughter, sister and friend who is deeply missed. She was clever, funny, witty and driven. She touched many people with her kindness and had a large group of friends from the different stages of her life.
Above all she adored her children. She believed it important to provide them with a safe, secure, and loving environment despite the disruption in their family life, and had a nurturing and loving personality to enable that.
Jo also had strong moral values and would fight relentlessly for what she believed was right.
The Joanna Simpson Foundation has been set up in her memory and our work is based on her beliefs, values, and love of children.
How we work
We are transforming the support, care
and protection available for children affected by domestic abuse and
homicide. We do this through driving
sustained investment in new and improved services which look to achieve
measured outcomes in the long term wellbeing of children.
We believe this is best achieved
Financial investment in services delivered by experts in their field who understand the needs of children
Leverage of skills and capability from the business sector to assure successful project delivery and outcomes
Investment in targeted primary and secondary research to ensure investment is based on an informed basis of underlying needs and gaps
Being a trusted and informed advisor of child centric public policies related to domestic abuse and homicide