Josie Naughton


At the start of summer 2015, Josie Naughton, then 31, had no idea that she would go on to co-found one of the most effective humanitarian responses to Europe’s refugee crisis. After dropping out of university to pursue a career in music management, Naughton was working for Coldplay when the crisis was unfolding in Calais. While she was engaged in human rights, occasionally attending marches or posting opinions online, she would never have described herself as an activist. But just a year later, Naughton and her friend Lliana Bird, a writer and radio presenter, had co-founded the charity Help Refugees, raised more than £2m and at times fed more than 20,000 a day.

More on Help Refugees HERE

Interview by: Kate Hollowood / Photography by: Wolf James

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