Meet the Team
Managing Director, Company Secretary and Trustee
Joanna joined CAFE in November 2014 as our Fan Liaison and Development Manager, and was named as Managing Director in November 2016.
She is fluent in French and Portuguese and graduated with a masters degree at the King’s College London Brazil Institute. Joanna has skills in project coordination, working with French and Portuguese clients and also brings knowledge from having worked and volunteered for a number of organisations such as Emmaüs France, and their partner organisation in Burkina Faso, with the Brazilian Paralympic Team and with ReachOut in London.
Media and Communications Manager
Mike joined the CAFE team after graduating, with honours, with a Law degree from the University of Liverpool. Originally, Mike shared his time between CAFE and our sister organisation Level Playing Field, where he worked as Development Administrator. Mike has previously worked as a Data Analyst for Everton Football Club’s Academy, where he was able to gain a real understanding of working in a football environment and the behind-the-scenes work of an English Premier League club. Mike has spent time working in the Liverpool Law Clinic, acting as an advisor to clients with legal concerns. Furthermore, Mike has also been an elected Trustee of Level Playing Field.
As CAFE’s Media and Communications Manager, Mike is based in our UK offices and is responsible for CAFE social media and communications. Mike also maintains the CAFE website, collates articles for the newsletters and works closely with the rest of the team.
Administration and Fans Liaison
Amy joined the team in February 2016 after previously being a member of the CAFE Advisory Group.
Amy is a disabled football fan, and has been attending home and away matches for over 20 years.
Amy has many experiences to share of attending live matches as a disabled fan, and has travelled across Europe to watch live matches on a number of occasions. In addition to her user-led knowledge as a football fan, Amy is also an experienced administrator.
Esther Jones Russell
Eastern European Development Officer
Esther joined the CAFE team in February 2017 as our new Eastern European Development Officer.
Esther is fluent in Russian and Czech, and graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in both languages. She is also a passionate football fan, and is both a player and club committee member.
Esther joins the team having gained experience working for an inclusion NGO based in the Czech Republic, and will be working primarily on extending our works in Eastern Europe.