The Founder and Chief Executive of Magic Breakfast is Carmel McConnell MBE, M.MBA, F.RSA. Carmel’s background is a mixture of social activism and senior corporate roles.

While researching her first book ‘Change Activist’ in 2000, Carmel interviewed five teachers in the London Borough of Hackney who all told her the same thing - that many of their pupils arrived at school too hungry to learn. Shocked to hear this was happening on the doorstep of a global financial centre, Carmel started buying and delivering breakfast food to these five schools. This was in 2001, but as demand for her help continued to grow Carmel re-mortgaged her house, then founded Magic Breakfast in 2003 as the first stage in a global approach to give every hungry child a good breakfast as fuel for learning.

Carmel’s MBA is in change leadership and technology. She has worked at senior levels in BT, UBS and 20th Century Fox and has been an adviser to many FTSE 100 clients on change leadership, growth and strategic alliances.  Her specialism is in leading technology change in global markets.

Carmel was awarded an MBE for her services to school food in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Photo: Carmel McConnell, Founder and CEO of Magic Breakfast