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.

Su Moore, Great Get Together Campaign Director

Su joined the Foundation in December 2019. With a background in the arts, charities and sports organisations, she was most recently Partnerships Director at GB Snowsport. Outside of the Foundation, she is a Trustee at Bishopsgate Institute and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.

 

Lance Price, Communications Director

Lance worked with Jo during her time as an MP and since the Foundation was established after her death he has overseen its media and communications work. He is a former BBC correspondent and has also worked as a special adviser at 10 Downing Street and as Director of Communications for the Labour Party. He is the author of several books on politics and the media. In 2011 he founded the international LGBT+ rights charity, the Kaleidoscope Trust.

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 support and grow the Foundation’s network of grassroots More in Common groups. Emily has worked in community development for almost a decade, on a range of initiatives to improve wellbeing, connectedness and equality of opportunity within diverse communities. Outside of work, Emily is an MA student at King’s College London, focusing on community responses to extremism. Emily is also a meditation teacher, a translator of Arabic and mother to one energetic toddler.

Jo Atkins-Potts, Campaigns Coordinator

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, Campaigns Assistant

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.

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.