Josephine is a distinguished former civil servant and is currently Chairperson of the Pensions Commission established under the Programme for Government, and a Board member of Age and Opportunity. She was Chairperson of the first Policing Authority from 2015-2019.
She was Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners from 2008-2015 and previously held a wide range of positions in the then Department of Social Welfare, the Pensions Board and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. During her Revenue career, Josephine was Chair of the World Customs Organisation for three years, and Chair of the OECD Forum for Tax Administration – a forum of leaders of advanced Tax Authorities.
She was an independent member of the Labour Relations Commission from 2000 to 2006 and contributed to many civil service reform initiatives during her career. In recognition of her public service career, Josephine was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Limerick in 2016 and a distinguished fellowship by Griffith College in 2019.