We are an informal collective of experts through lived and professional experience. Initially a group of friends, we then realised our professional pathways were all headed in the same direction.
We are committed to listening and learning from our shared wisdom to transform our outdated systems.
Read more about Founder Emma Barrett Palmer.
Emma Barrett Palmer brings over 15 years experience as an innovator for social change, now based in Chamonix France. Sparky Palmer is a Chef, Grower and Food Educator celebrating food in kitchens, fields and gardens for over 25 years and is now working as Chef de Production at Osmose Cuisine, Cooperatove Culinaire in Chamonix, France. Dr Hannah Parathian-Thorn is an Anthropologist at Centro Em Rede De Investigação Antropologia in Portugal and Co-Founder of Wild Bread, a sourdough artisan BakeHouse in Kent, UK. Mohammad Omar, Abdulaziz, Zubiar Eshag and Ibrahim Erdy are originally from South Sudan and are now living in the UK. Christine Davies is a Ceramicist with a career in creative therapeutic interventions in the UK. The Hadafmand family from Afghanistan first met Emma ten years ago in Kent when she was their Youth Worker.
Photography during The Welcome Tent journey: Emma Barrett Palmer, Jorgen Bundgaard, Duncan Brown, Guki Giunashuili, Emily Parish, Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny, Erika di Vito, Chris Christidis, Hollie McNish and Bagzada. Filming during The Welcome Tent journey by Emma, Sparky and participants: footage was edited by Adam Naldaal a Media Student from Aarhus. Artwork and branding is by Laxmi Hussain and pen&ink illustrations by UX Designer and Artist Myriam Weisenfeld
We take great inspiration from a great many people whose stories in time we hope to feature on these pages… Ella Matheson, Trustee at the Desmond Tutu Foundation, Tinna C Neilson, Founder of Move The Elephant For Inclusiveness, Ingrid Van Der Wacht from the Dutch Design Foundation and Gulwali Passarlay, Author of The Lightless Sky.