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 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.
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 2 days per week for Migrateful developing recipes with the chefs and helping to organise bookings.
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.