Kim Leadbeater

Person With Purpose - 2018 Winner
Ambassador, The Jo Cox Foundation

Kim Leadbeater is an ambassador for the Jo Cox Foundation which was set up after the murder of her sister, Jo Cox MP, on June 16, 2016. She chairs the West Yorkshire ‘More In Common’ volunteer group and is spokesperson for the annual Great Get Together, a weekend of community events across the UK held at the end of June.

Kim lives in the constituency of Batley and Spen where she and Jo grew up and which Jo represented in parliament from the general election in 2015 until her death.

She is a fitness professional and former lecturer in physical activity and health, with a passion for holistic wellbeing. Since Jo’s death she has devoted much of her time to creating a positive legacy for her sister and has worked tirelessly to create as much positive energy and action from Jo’s horrific murder. Through the work of More In Common in Yorkshire and in her work across the UK, she champions the importance of strong communities, where everyone has a sense of belonging, inspired by Jo’s words in her first speech to parliament when she said that “we have more in common than that which divides us.”

What does Northern Power Women mean to you?

An important arena for showcasing the best of women in the North.

What is your greatest achievement?

Working for The Jo Cox Foundation to create as much positive energy and action as possible from her murder.

Why is it important to champion role models in the North?

My sister was a strong Northern woman, as am I, and we all need to work together to shout about the amazing things Northern women do.