The founder, Jess Thompson, prior to setting up Migrateful, spent two and a half years working on the front line to support migrants and refugees in Ceuta, Morocco, Dunkirk refugee camp in France, and London. Her work has included facilitating a support group for victims of human trafficking, teaching English, Spanish and French to asylum seekers, and setting up therapeutic English conversation clubs. Jess also completed the Year Here Fellowship from 2016-2017 which gave her the training and network to set up Migrateful. 

Anne Condé works on Migrateful’s business development and supports the chef training. Anne has trained in contemporary theatre and has been working in the arts and social enterprise sectors since graduating in 2014. It is through her background facilitating theatre workshops that she developed a passion for social work and helping people achieve confidence and empowerment. She is excited to use her producing skills to organise Migrateful cookery classes and chef training sessions. Anne also facilitates cookery classes in the evenings.

Alice has spent the last 2 years volunteering at the Hackney Migrant Centre advocating for the rights of vulnerable migrants. Alongside this she cooks at the Bonnington Cafe in Vauxhall. She loves migration and the rich and diverse foods that this brings to a place. Currently Alice facilitates Migrateful classes at the Duke of Cambridge in Angel. She also works 3 days per week for Migrateful developing recipes with the chefs and helping to organise bookings.

Tomi uses her background in online content creation to manage Migrateful’s marketing strategy and social media channels. She is excited about finding creative ways to share the stories, recipes and work of the Migrateful chefs. She is a vegan chef and blogger who specialises in Nigerian cuisine. Her work includes cookery workshops, recipe development and creating bespoke pop-up events.

The trustees

Isabel Sachs: is an arts and culture manager with international experience in artists and event management and communications, having founded and sold an award-winning international production company based in Brazil. She started volunteering at Migrateful in 2018 and supported the expansion of the activities before becoming a Trustee.

Emily Miller: heads up learning and partnerships at the Migration Museum in London. She coordinates all their work with schools, unis and other organisations in different sectors. It is through this role that she met Jess and came across the wonders of Migrateful. The Migration Museum now hosts monthly Migrateful cooking class and has been lucky to share the delicious cuisines of various chefs through their catering at the museum’s Refugee Week events. Emily is proud to be a trustee and help the organisation develop and grow – and help more people affected by the hostile environment.

Mary Locke: After a career in international development and social investment, Mary now focuses on ways to deal with conflict and difference constructively. She works as a mediator and is exploring ways to evaluate the efficacy of community mediation and dialogue. She was drawn to Migrateful recognising the power of its model – not only supporting vulnerable migrants but also bringing people together through the universal love of food. She is also an active fellow of the RSA.