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.
Nathan Stilwell, Senior Communications Officer
Nathan joined the team late in 2019 after spending two years in Brussels working for a digital communications agency. Prior to that, he worked with the University of Glasgow Social Media team and the Glasgow Guardian newspaper. Outside of the Foundation, he enjoys theatre and museums and spends too long on TikTok.
Hafeezah Soni, 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. She is now a project co-ordinator and supports the grassroots community work. Hafeezah has a keen interest in culture, diversity and equality and also has a passion for architecture, fashion and the arts. Her background lies in fashion, design and manufacture.
Hannah Brown, Operations Officer
Hannah joined the Foundation to support operations in January 2021, after completing an MA in International Child Studies. She previously held roles in children’s rights and humanitarian response organisations, as well as educational charities in the UK and India. Outside of work Hannah is usually found spending time with friends and family, and following Liverpool FC.
Marianne Quinn, Senior PR & Comms Officer
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.
Ella Turner, Communities Assistant
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, Communications Assistant
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.
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.