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.
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.
Nathan Stilwell, Digital 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.
Emily Danby, Communities Manager
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.
Jo Atkins-Potts, Campaigns Manager
Jo joined the foundation in 2020 having previously founded a consultancy firm specialising in strategic development and volunteer engagement for charitable organisations. She has worked across varying organisations including the Trussell Trust, the Felix Project and educational organisations in Seoul, South Korea. Beyond work at the Foundation, she is passionate about food, her rescue dog, good mental health, and gender equality. Originally from North Carolina, she is a true believer in the power of community and hospitality.
Josh Westerling, Communities and Policy Officer
Josh joined the team in April 2020 after finishing an internship at the think tank British Future, where he worked on projects that promoted community cohesion, civil discourse on social media and diversity in politics. When he isn’t working, Josh can be found in the West Stand at the London Stadium (sometimes) enjoying watching West Ham United.
Hafeezah Soni, Project Coordinator - Batley and Spen
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.
Clare Black, Project Support - Batley and Spen
Clare volunteered with volunteer group More In Common Batley & Spen for 2 years and on the organising committee for the headline event Run for Jo, before joining the foundation as a member of staff at the beginning of 2019 following 12 years as an Export Sales Manager. Outside of work, Clare has a passion for creative and performance arts, with a particular interest in singing, drawing & photography
Dave Hawksworth, Project Support - Batley and Spen
Dave volunteered with the volunteer group More in Common Batley & Spen as Treasurer before joining the Foundation's team in 2020 to support with delivering local Covid-response projects and financial management. Dave describes himself as a Shropshire lad & naturalised Yorkshireman, and is a passionate vegan activist.
Hannah Brown, Operations Assistant
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.
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.
Marianne Quinn, Campaigns and Communications 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, Campaigns 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.
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.