The Jo Cox Foundation is made up of a small and ambitious team based in London and Yorkshire.
Su joined the Foundation in December 2019, originally as Great Get Together Campaign Director. In October 2020 she moved to head up the Stronger Communities team, and was appointed CEO in June 2021. She has a varied background, including jobs in the arts, charities, media and sports organisations. Outside of the Foundation, she is a Trustee of the Bishopsgate Institute and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
Will Fletcher, Head of Ops and Finance
Will joined the team in November 2021. He's previously worked for a variety of charities in the youth, education and LGBTQ sectors, undertaking a range of roles which have led him to working in charity operations. Will is a serial volunteer with a keen interest in governance. He has been a member of or chaired the trustee board of several charities, been the chair of governors at a primary school in Newham and is currently a governor at his local secondary school. He lives in Derbyshire with his husband and their two dogs.
Emily Danby, Head of Yorkshire Programme
Emily joined the team in early 2020, in a new role to grow the Foundation’s More in Common Network. Emily has worked in community development for over a decade, working on projects to improve wellbeing and foster cohesion within diverse communities. Emily recently received the Sir Lawrence Freedman Award for her master's work on cohesion and extremism at King's College London. She is also a translator of Arabic and a meditation teacher.
Zoe Cumberland, Connection Coalition Manager
Zoë joined the team in May 2021 to support the Connection Coalition after it was created in response to the pandemic. Her background is in membership organisations, youth engagement and social action having worked for the British Youth Council, Youth Access and the Scottish Youth Parliament. She is active in her local community where she volunteers for her local community centre, runs a Youth Council and a feminist film club.
Meena Jeewa, Communities Manager
Meena joined the foundation in November 2021 to manage and grow the More in Common Network nationally. Her experience of working with different communities’ spans over 18 years with a special interest in meaningful engagement with seldom heard groups and community cohesion. Her previous roles include managing the community-led Big Local initiative in Bradford, where she supported local people to work together and spend £1 million to improve their neighbourhoods. Meena is a Batley-born Yorkshire lass who has a keen interest in connecting communities to build long-term positive relationships.
Hafeezah Soni, Senior Yorkshire Programme Officer
Hafeezah joined the team initially as a volunteer for the Yorkshire team, supporting the programme of Great Get Together events across Batley and Spen. As a Senior Yorkshire Programme Officer, she works closely with the Head of Yorkshire Programme to develop and deliver impactful projects within West Yorkshire, supporting the grassroots community work. Hafeezah has a keen interest in culture, diversity and equality and has a passion for architecture, fashion and the arts.
Marianne Quinn, Communications Manager
Marianne joined the team in 2021, with previous roles in media and PR at the RNLI and in social media at the University of Plymouth and at a local domestic abuse charity. She is interested in all things charity communications, diversity and inclusion, and social policy. Outside of work she can be found cooking vegetarian food and trying to learn Portuguese.
James Austin, Campaign Manager
James joined the foundation in March 2022 to manage the Great Get Together campaign. Prior to joining the foundation he worked as a volunteer manager for charities in the outdoors and youth sectors as well as a caseworker. He is particularly interested in how voluntary action can help to build inclusive communities and bridge divides. Away from work James can generally be found doing, organising, coaching or refereeing some sort of sport - whether that be hiking, climbing, running, cycling, football or rugby.
Ella Turner, Stronger Communities Officer
Ella joined the Foundation in May 2021. She has a BA in International Relations and French. Previously, she worked in Brussels for an environmental consulting firm where she advocated for mandatory due diligence to protect the world’s indigenous forests. She also worked as a researcher for the Department for Children’s Rights in the Belgium Government. Ella has a long held passion for skiing and in 2019 spent the winter in the Austrian mountains training as a ski instructor and teaching children how to ski.
Kira Charlton, Digital Communications Officer
Kira joined the Foundation in August 2021. She is very passionate about using social media to engage with people and keeping up with the latest trends. Kira also founded a UN Women UK award winning campaign to end gender based violence in her community, which followed with a support group she facilitates for local young women. Outside of work Kira enjoys spending time with her family and checking out Instagram worthy places for great scenic photo opportunities.
Bilal Saloo, Yorkshire Programme Officer
Bilal joined the foundation in April 2022 as part of the Yorkshire Programme team. He is interested in connecting diverse communities and promoting the positive work already done by local people. As a volunteer for the Batley Poets, Bilal aims to encourage once lonely ‘bedroom poets’ to share their distinctive styles and provide a platform for them to grow. An avid writer and poet himself he can be found attempting to compose poetry, short stories, and the odd play.
Penny Vincent, Communities Officer
Penny joined the foundation in February 2022 as Communities Officer to support and develop the More in Common Network. She has worked and volunteered for many community groups, charities, universities and in the public sector. Her focus is on connecting people and resources, enabling people to speak up in decision making processes, and sharing learning, to promote wellbeing and social justice and reduce division. In 2019 she set up an online peer support group for community helpers around North Staffordshire where she lives. Her favourite things are fresh air, community singing in many languages, and great theatre, film and TV.
Lydia Nethercott-Garabet, Operations Assistant
Lydia joined the foundation in April 2022 after graduating from a MSc in International Development. She previously worked for a sustainable social enterprise in Copenhagen, and managed a charitable initiative for homelessness while at university in Edinburgh. Outside of work, Lydia can be found experimenting in the kitchen, knitting, or spending time with her friends, family, and dog.
Max, Head of Morale & Delta, Pawsonal Assistant
Maximus and Delta joined us in November 2021. When they're not working they enjoy walks in the park, belly rubs and barking at everyone who goes past the living room window.
Our Board of Trustees
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith - Chair of Trustees
Rosamund Blomfield-Smith - Treasurer
For opportunities to join the team, please visit our careers page.