Our People

The Jo Cox Foundation is made up of a small and ambitious team based in London and Yorkshire. 

Our Staff




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.