The Jo Cox Foundation is made up of a small and ambitious team based in London and Yorkshire.
Catherine Anderson - CEO
Catherine joined the Foundation as CEO in September 2018 after eight years in parliament as Chief of Staff to Rory Stewart. She is a founding director for 50:50 Parliament and in 2014 founded The Angus McDonald Trust, a health and welfare charity working in Myanmar, for which she was awarded a Points of Light by the Prime Minister.
Kim Leadbeater - Ambassador and Director of More in Common Batley and Spen
Kim is Jo's sister and has been the Foundation’s formal Ambassador since July 2018. Since 2016 Kim has led the work of More in Common Batley and Spen - a volunteer group working to build cohesive communities in West Yorkshire. In 2018 Kim was awarded the Prime Minister’s 1000th Points of Light Award in recognition of her work to build a positive legacy for her sister Jo locally in Yorkshire and nationally.
Jessica Leach - Campaigns and Operations Manager
Jessie joined the Foundation in 2018 having previously worked in fundraising for Women for Women International UK, the Karenni National Women's Organisation in Myanmar and MHA. Outside of her work at the Foundation, Jessie is a professional Irish dancer and has toured America, Europe and Asia with Riverdance.
Eleanor Harrison - Partnerships and External Affairs Manager
Eleanor joined the Foundation in 2019, having previously held fundraising and advocacy roles at Orchid Project. She has also volunteered with a range of humanitarian and arts organisations, including OA/ CERST, a Greek NGO responding to the refugee crisis. Beyond her work, Eleanor is currently studying to be a psychotherapist, and has a keen in interest in mental health, gender and the environment.
Parveen Butt, Project Manager Yorkshire
Parveen joined the team in 2018 to support the community focused work of the Foundation in Yorkshire. She works closely with Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater and the More in Common, Batley and Spen group of volunteers to create a local legacy for Jo.
Parveen has a passion for the creative arts and volunteers for a number of community arts organisations. She can also occasionally be spotted performing spoken word poetry.
Our Board of Trustees
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith - Chair of Trustees, Former Home Secretary
Steve Morris - Managing Partner, Portland Communications
Mabel Van Oranje - Founder and Chair, Girls Not Brides and Vow for Girls
Eloise Todd - Best for Britain
Jane Brady - Barrister, Cornwall Street Chambers
Samantha Vickers - Headteacher, Upper Batley High School
For opportunities to join the team, please visit our careers page.