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 and London. Her work has included facilitating a support group for victims of a 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 manages the Migrateful bookings, recipes and 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.

Roshan is a class facilitator for Migrateful. After spending some time cooking with refugees in Greece and experiencing first hand how empowering it can be, Roshan decided to join the Migrateful team on her return and quickly fell in love with it’s ethos. Outside of Migrateful, Roshan works in the heritage sector and is currently curating projects about the history of migration. As a second generation migrant herself, she has always been conscious of the migrant experience and is particularly interested in the ways in which we learn about it. She has lots of experience in event management and working with volunteers.  

Alice has spent the last 18 months working at the Hackney Migrant Centre advocating for the rights of vulnerable and destitute 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. She hopes one day to open a cafe run by destitute migrant women. Currently Alice is helping to facilitate Migrateful classes and is about to start running fortnightly classes from her father’s pub in Angel.

Emily started out as a volunteer for Migrateful and is now facilitating the North London cookery classes. Emily is also a theatre-maker and producer, working mostly with her company, The Wardrobe Ensemble. She has already seen the brilliant impact that Migrateful has had, not only on the chefs but the participants and the management team as well – she is excited to be part of this collaborative, supportive and important initiative.