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.
Jennie Reed, Evaluation and Impact Manager
Jennie has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years, managing evaluation, impact measurement and community cohesion projects for multiple charities. She has worked across varied sectors including care, health, education and the environment with a specialism and passion for work that tackles loneliness and isolation in communities. Outside of work, Jennie has been a charity trustee and creative mentor for an arts and disability charity in Bristol. She is also a trained illustrator and has illustrated for a number of children's books.
Robin Hayden, Public Affairs Manager
Robin joined the foundation in June 2022 to focus on public affairs. She has an MA in Politics and Contemporary History and is also currently gaining legal qualifications. Robin previously worked in public affairs/policy for four years, on town planning and for a legal membership body. Originally from Dublin, Robin loves exploring her now home city of London and expanding her list of places in the UK where she needs to visit.
Zoë Cumberland, Head of Community Programmes
Zoë joined the team in May 2021 as our Connection Coalition manager. As of summer 2022, Zoë is Head of Community Programmes, heading up a newly formed team which includes the Connection Coalition, the Great Get Together, the More in Common Network, and our Yorkshire Programme. 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, Yorkshire Programme Manager
Hafeezah joined The Jo Cox Foundation initially as a volunteer, supporting the programme of Great Get Together events across Batley and Spen. As Yorkshire Programme Manager, Hafeezah recently co-led and delivered the 'Belonging in Batley and Spen' project. Hafeezah has a passion for architecture, fashion and the arts. Having experienced exclusion and multiple intersecting barriers to accessing green spaces, Hafeezah is discovering and exploring her newfound interest in green spaces and places across the region of Yorkshire.
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.
Richard Evans, Connection Coalition Manager
Richard joined the team in November 2022 as our Connection Coalition Manager. He previously worked with communities across the UK to take action for national behaviour change at Time to Change (on mental health stigma and discrimination) and at Parkinson's UK. More recently, he has been teaching children in primary schools in East London and Shropshire. He has studied Fine Art, Psychology and Psychotherapy, and volunteered on helplines in England and taught small rural communities in Nicaragua. Outside of work, Richard enjoys exploring the local landscape with his young family, gardening, painting and running.
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.
Laura grew up in a place where you could knock on doors whenever you needed something and you were never alone unless you wanted to be and even then that could be difficult. She love hellos and smiles in the street and a nip to the shop turning into a catch up with a friend. This led her to work in a range of community roles in London and Manchester that combined community cohesion, health and environmental sustainability. Laura enjoyed seeing hellos and smiles happening through her work and she hope's to see many more.
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.