She has been a manager at the OECD in Paris, working on international aid and development, and she was a communications manager for New Zealand’s aid and development agency. She has been a ministerial press secretary and worked in the prime minister’s office. Josie is a trustee of the Rewi Alley foundation. She has been an advocate for prison reform and an active member of UK Labour. She was a candidate for parliament in 2011 and 2008.
Born in New Zealand, she has lived in the US and France and grew up in the United Kingdom, where she went to Warwick University. In addition to her arts degree she has a Graduate Certificate in International Law and has studied limited German, French and Maori language and culture.