Joanna Jepson is an Anglican priest, author, broadcaster and coach. She trained at Cambridge and, following her ordination in 2003, served in parishes in Chester and London.
In 2006 she set up the first chaplaincy in the British Fashion Industry based at London College of Fashion. Here she created The Empty Hanger project.
Before ordination Joanna was a barmaid, worked with teenage victims of drug and domestic abuse and lived in a Welsh convent with 13 contemplative nuns and monks. In 2012 Joanna set up a mentor training programme for inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary, America's toughest maximum security prison.
Now based in Wells, Somerset, with her husband and son, Joanna continues to serve as a priest as well as writing, broadcasting and coaching. She writes & presents for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2, and regularly speaks at conferences & retreats on body image, spirituality and fashion.