Joanna "Jo" Cynthia Berry was born in 1957 and is the daughter of Anthony Berry and Hon. Mary Burke Roche an aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales and great-aunt of Prince William, the heir to the throne. Anthony Berry was killed by the IRA in the Brighton hotel bombing on 12 October 1984. The bomb was planted by Patrick Magee whom Berry publicly met in November 2000, in an effort at achieving reconciliation as envisioned in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement.
Berry lives in Somerset.
After her father died, she committed her life to peaceful resolution and mediation of conflict. After the release of Patrick Magee in 1999 she went on to meet him several times. These meetings over ten months formed the basis of a BBC documentary first broadcast on 13 December 2001.
In July 2003 Berry spoke at the St Ethelberga's center for reconciliation and peace, itself rebuilt after being destroyed by the IRA in the 1993 Bishopsgate bombing. Jo is asked to speak and facilitate workshops around the world in peace building and reconciliation. Their unique reconciliation work has recently been featured in the award winning film, Beyond Right and Wrong.
Berry founded the charity Building Bridges for Peace on the 18 October 2009.
On Monday 21 March 2011 Berry spoke at the Peace One Day conference in London and on Wednesday 12 May 2011 she spoke on a panel with Pat Magee, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, who lost over 50 members of her family in the Rwandan genocide.
Berry is an established speaker in her own right, and has also appeared together with Pat Magee on over 120 occasions most recently in Rwanda, Lebanon and Israel and Palestine as well as locally in Belfast.
- Building Bridges for Peace website