Judith and Jo will work closely together in the intervening months to ensure a smooth transition.
Jo has had an extensive career working for the Evening Standard and the Observer newspapers, as both health and political correspondent and then as adviser to Alan Johnson, when he was health secretary and home secretary.
Jo subsequently worked as strategic communications director at the Royal College of Surgeons before joining the British Society for Immunology, a membership body working with scientists and clinical researchers in immunology.
Jo is also the author of two books on allergies and bird flu.
Find out more about Jo and her plans for the College in June, when we’ll be announcing her appointment more widely.