Josie Naughton, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Help Refugees

  • Josie Naughton, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Help Refugees

In 2015, when the humanitarian crisis unfolded in Calais, Northern France, Josie’s instinct was to utilise her experience of social media and her established career in the music industry in order to support vulnerable groups neglected on Britain’s doorstop. From starting by rallying friends around a hashtag ‘HelpCalais’ to collect and deliver aid to France, Josie is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Help Refugees, a non-profit organisation funding over 100 projects across Europe, the Middle East and the US and sister organisation Choose Love Inc in the US. Working closely with
Lord Alf Dubs, Josie is a leading advocate for refugee rights in the UK and has led the fight to the successful campaign for the ‘Dubs amendment’; a legislation that means the UK now offers sanctuary to unaccompanied children stranded across Europe. Josie was named one of the Bill and Melinda Gates ‘Global Goalkeepers’ in 2017 and one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 “changemakers” in 2018.