Magic Breakfast - Fuel For Learning
The Team
The Magic Breakfast team

 

 

Carmel McConnell

Founder and Chief Executive

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

Every child has the potential for a happy, healthy, loving life and many of their future life chances will result from their educational attainment. I want every child to achieve their full potential and feel very sure we can end child hunger as a barrier to education, in this rich and caring society.

Favourite breakfast

Poached egg on toast, grilled tomatoes. Big mug of tea.

 

Alex Cunningham

General Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I am passionate about having equal chances and opportunities for all, and the fact that there are children in this country who are missing out on their education and hours of learning because they are hungry not only shocks but also makes me angry. Taking action and seeing the difference that we quickly make, simply by providing a breakfast is inspiring and certainly gets me out of bed every morning (even on the cold and grey ones). I also feel immensely privileged to spend my days with such an incredible and passionate team who are all so committed to tackling child hunger in the morning.

Favourite breakfast

I love porridge topped with banana or raisins (or for an extra special treat when on holiday - a nip of whisky too).

 

Rachael Anderson

School Network Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

Supporting amazing school staff to improve the life chances of hundreds of children in such a simple way. I love that!

Favourite breakfast

Organic muesli mixed with organic cornflakes and coconut milk!

 

Cate Wood

School Change Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I worked for many years as a teacher in some quite challenging schools and saw how hunger and poor nutrition could affect learning and behaviour.

Favourite breakfast

Bagel with banana and cinnamon, or muesli with extra fruit.

 

Fiona White

School Change Leader

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

My favourite part of the job is visiting schools and helping share ideas, which was one of the reasons why I started working with Magic Breakfast.

Favourite breakfast

Porridge with a teaspoon of honey!


Karen Jones

School Change Leader

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I love the fact that offering a simple, healthy breakfast can make such a difference to the health, happiness and potential future of so many children.

Favourite breakfast

Weetabix with semi-skimmed milk and a topping of nuts.

 

Jess de Ayala-Rutherford

School Change Leader

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

For me my love for Magic Breakfast comes from the understanding that in every society, through every age, education has been the key to societal development and greater equality for all. If we can remove all the barriers to education for generations to come we optimise the conditions for the fairest possible society to evolve. Every child maintains the right to get the most out of their education.

Favourite breakfast

My favourite breakfast is Brazilian; acai berry sorbet with granola, cut up bananas and honey. Yum!

 

Sue Griggs

School Change Leader

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I love breakfast and don't function well without it! Working for Magic Breakfast means I am helping so many children have the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast, giving them the best start to their day.

Favourite breakfast

Porridge and blueberries

 

Jan Jemson

Schools Change Leader

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

Having worked in schools in socially deprived areas for many years I am very aware of the way hunger impacts on the wellbeing and education of children. Magic Breakfast is helping to keep children happy and healthy, I can't think of anything more important than that.

Favourite breakfast

Poached eggs on whole-wheat bread.

 

Selina Finch

Regional School Co-ordinator

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

Educators work incredibly hard to make school work for all children, but for many children a lack of a healthy breakfast is the first stumbling block which keeps them from learning. Magic Breakfast helps to remove this barrier.

Favourite breakfast

Porridge with a game of Uno

 

Sabiha Fazel

School Information and Data Assistant

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

For me, seeing the happiness on children’s faces and feeling the positivity during breakfast club makes the work I do feel very worthwhile and rewarding. Having lived my entire childhood in Kenya, I witnessed first-hand the impact of hunger on a child’s wellbeing.  Magic breakfast plays an incredible role in ensuring every child has the right breakfast to start the day and I’m excited to be a part of that.

Favourite breakfast

Mmm.. I have so many favourites but if I had to pick one it would be wholemeal pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup (just a little bit!).

 

Harriet Green

Nutrition in Schools Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

The work we do makes a difference to a child's future - giving them access to better health, better education and essentially a better life outcome.

Favourite breakfast

Whole-wheat bagel with avocado and smoked mackerel

 

Rose Chaparro

Sustainability Project Coordinator

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I was amazed about the huge impact of such a simple intervention. I really wanted​ to contribute to breaking the link between poverty and educational failure.

Favourite breakfast

Toast with tomato puree and olive oil

 

Fatima Khan

School Events & Logistics Coordinator

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I feel passionately about the cause of Magic Breakfast and knowing that I am contributing towards ensuring children do not go hungry, gives me great job satisfaction. I enjoy speaking to the schools and hearing from the school staff about what a difference a bagel and a glass of juice can make, it’s astounding.

Favourite breakfast

Beans on toast.

 

Sophia Dettmer

Senior Communications Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

Visiting a Magic Breakfast club is an instant tonic as the children are so lovely and it is very apparent how important the club is to their school day. Listening to testimonials from head teachers is extraordinary. Learning from them how a child’s life can be turned around because they are no longer hungry in the morning makes me want to tell as many people as possible what a huge impact a simple, healthy, breakfast can have.

Favourite breakfast

Porridge topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and a dollop of honey.

 

Lanner Feltham

Senior Fundraiser

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

What I love about Magic Breakfast is how simple what we do is yet how far reaching the effects are. For 22p we make sure a hungry child has a healthy breakfast. That child is then better able to concentrate and so goes on to have a better experience of education, their classmates benefit from more attention from the teacher, the school benefits from increased attendance - the list goes on!

Favourite breakfast

Bacon sarnie. That's healthy right?

 

Mim McCulloch

Supporter Relationship Manager

What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast?

I love the simplicity of our work but the magnitude of benefits that our breakfast clubs bring to thousands of children every day. Education is key in helping children in the most disadvantaged communities across the country have a brighter future. (Breakfast is also definitely the best meal of the day!)

Favourite breakfast

Avocado and poached eggs on granary toast.

 


Partnership Scheme

Magic Breakfast and schools have formed this partnership from a shared commitment to ending the negative impact of child poverty upon well being and readiness for learning in our primary schools.

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