About The Team Operations, Finance & Nutrition Derek Morgan, Head of Operations/COO What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I strongly believe education is one of the most important investments we, as a community, make in our future. Every child should have equal access and opportunity to learn and as the UK is one of the world’s richest economies there should be no obstacles to learning – least of all hunger. The positive impact on a child’s progress, outcomes and well-being from starting the day with a good, nutritious breakfast shows how critical it is that we aim to ensure all children get that good start to their school day. Favourite breakfast: Eggs Florentine with a big mug of (Darjeeling) tea. Fatima Khan, Senior Logistics Manager 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. Deborah Woolf, HR Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? You only have one chance at life and getting the best start in life can make such a difference to your chances, I’m massively passionate about improving children’s lives for the better. I have worked and volunteered with children and young people most of my adult life and was so excited about this role. The impact of Magic Breakfast’s work is amazing, since joining and learning more about the work we do, this passion has only increased. Knowing my support to staff and the organisation enables everyone to continue to do the amazing work we do is a great motivation, we have an amazingly dedicated and hardworking staff team! Favourite breakfast: Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon as a treat or overnight oats with berries and seeds, both with lots of strong black coffee! Katrina Schmidt, Management Accountant What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I’m fortunate enough that I hadn’t even considered that some children may be starting the day without having breakfast, and the impact that this could have on their ability to learn. I’m proud to work for Magic Breakfast knowing that there are children out there benefiting from the work we do and that we are able to affect so many. Favourite breakfast: Avocado on sourdough with a poached egg (and a side of bacon if I’m up for a big breakfast!). George Sprague Kelly, Finance and Admin Assistant What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? We do not choose our parents, their level of wealth, or competence to parent. These are decided for the child, before they are even born. It is therefore our duty as a society, to ensure that every single child has the opportunity to become the best person they can be. And we all know we aren’t ourselves when we’re hungry! I feel blessed to be part of an organisation that is directly contributing to improving the lives of children. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs (fudgy centre), avocado and bacon on toast. Or a sausage and bacon sandwich with ketchup and brown sauce! Hannah Holloway, Office Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? It’s unacceptable that in a society as affluent as ours there are still children without enough to eat. I work for Magic Breakfast because nobody should be going hungry, because good nutrition is important, especially for children. If they don’t have enough to eat, not only will it affect their concentration at school, but also their growth and overall development. Magic Breakfast helps to provide those children with food, which is a basic need that we all have, that’s something that I want to be a part of. Favourite breakfast: Coffee! With scrambled egg on gluten free toast. Lydia Theaker, Logistics and Office Adminstrator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? The aim, to not see any child go hungry in the mornings - is a fantastic one! I’m so excited to be working alongside the team to provide breakfast for children who need it most. It’s awful that there are children in this country who are coming to school hungry, and even worse that this could have a detrimental effect on their learning. Providing breakfast for children, which also goes some way towards addressing disadvantage, is such a good idea! I’m excited to be part of such a great charity, with a really fantastic mission. Favourite breakfast: Scrambled egg (and smoked salmon if it’s a special occasion) with a nice big cup of milky tea! Temi Olafisoye, Logistics and Office Administrator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? It’s upsetting to know that so many children are starting their day on an empty stomach. I believe that no child should be too hungry to learn. Breakfast plays such an important role in a child’s school life and it can impact their performance and potential. Being part of a team that is determined to stop child hunger is not only rewarding but also very fulfilling. Favourite breakfast: Smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast. Lorraine Oldham, Logistics and Office Administrator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I always eat breakfast, and was shocked to hear of the number of children starting their day without it. The thought of trying to concentrate in school on an empty stomach until lunchtime is just too hard to contemplate. I’m proud to work for a charity that is working to ensure no child is too hungry to learn and love hearing stories from schools on the difference Magic Breakfast has made to both individual children and the school overall. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs on brown toast with a mug of very strong tea! Shelley Rowlatt, Contracts Coordinator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I am always passionate about working towards something that will contribute to improving the world we all share. I also love food, so to think that in a country like ours, that this is such a prevalent issue, that can affect someone’s whole life, really strikes a chord with me. So pleased to be able to do something to help children to be excited to learn and not worry about being hungry. Favourite breakfast: As a kid, Welsh Rarebit, now I swap between that and poached eggs, avocado & lots of chilli on toast. Lorraine Wilson, HR and Office Administrator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? The thought of any child going hungry is awful and so being part of the charity helping to end this gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. Favourite breakfast: Eggs on toast! Tobi Adediran, Operations Administrator What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Since studying politics and economics, I’ve been very passionate about reducing social and economic inequality. It’s always been clear to me that education is a vital tool to achieve this. However, the role that a healthy breakfast plays in a child’s ability to concentrate and focus on their education is often overlooked. I love that Magic Breakfast truly understands the extent that hunger can be a barrier to education, and I am thrilled to work for a charity that is trying to eradicate this barrier! Favourite Breakfast: Eggs Royale (poached eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, and spinach on an English muffin) with English Breakfast tea! Annah Herbert-Graham, Nutrition Advisor (currently on maternity leave) with Anna Mapson her maternity cover What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? The values that underpin Magic Breakfast’s work resonate soundly with my own belief that access to good food is a basic right for everyone. As a former teacher, I’ve witnessed the direct effect of a hungry child in the classroom. When that child is given the tools they need to thrive, i.e. a healthy, nutritious breakfast in the morning, the transformation in their ability to learn is incredible. As the future leaders of our world, we should absolutely be investing our resources into fuelling their future. And something as simple as a good breakfast, shared with compassion, is the right place to start. Favourite breakfast: French toast with cinnamon, blueberries and coconut, washed down with a mug of freshly ground coffee on a lazy Sunday morning.