About Us

Our Vision

TogetherintheUK serves people migrating to the UK for whom English is not their first language and who face challenges in
adapting to life in the UK. Our aim is to to develop the tools and information that will support an inclusive life for migrants.

We started in 2015 with a purpose of sharing stories from migrants about living in the UK. Since
then we have published over 110 blogs full of insights. We have developed a website and published
research report called Moving Matters: The Challenges and Solutions of living in the UK. We
launched the report at the Migration Museum on July 10 th , 2019.

Our Team

We have an experienced team, many of who are migrants themselves having first-hand experience of adapting to Life in the UK. They play an important role in directing the vision and work of TogetherintheUK.

Executive Team

Johann Taljaard

Founder | Chairman | Retired


Johann is an experienced business professional, executive coach and has worked at a senior level in business for the past 20 years. During the past 30 years, he has founded and set up a number of businesses, both in his host country Britain as well as in his home country South Africa, where he grew up. He has been living in the Uk for the past 20 years and has also lived in Holland for a time. He now focuses mainly on strategy and leading the board at TogetherintheUK.

Teresa Norman

Founder | Chief Executive


Teresa set up TGIUK (TogetherintheUK) CIC in 2016. Following a career in HR and fifteen years in the civil service, she is now pursuing her dream and making TGIUK live and grow.

She was born in the UK and has always lived here. ‘TGIUK is about creating a platform where we all learn from each other about living together in the UK’

Kosta Eleftheriadis

Co-Founder | Social Media lead


Kosta has experience of many different jobs in the UK and now works as a health service administrator.

At TGIUK, Kosta leads on all our social media accounts.

Kosta grew up in Greece.

Fatkma Mustafa

Co-Founder| Commercial


Fatkma Mustafa leads on project management and commercial.

Fatkma works as a civil engineer and her role in TGIUK is to lead on product development

Adina Maglan

Strategy Adviser


Adina joined TGIUK in October 2021. She will contribute to project development and strategy by applying her skills gained through working for over 7 years in the public and voluntary sectors. Having recently graduated from Birkbeck where she studied Community Development, Equalities, and Public Policy, Adina has a strong insight into the policy context in relation to Brexit and hard to reach migrant groups.

A migrant herself, Adina has also helped setup various voluntary sector projects across the years and contributed to pioneering work in relation to engagement and representation of Eastern European migrants in the UK.

Digital Marketing Team

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Lara Bryant

Social Media Content Producer


Lara has just completed her MA in International Journalism at City, University of London and is planning a career in journalism and social media. She has written articles for online publications such as The Tab London and Good News Shared on a wide range of topics from current affairs to arts and culture. She has enjoyed volunteering in social media and comms roles for various organisations. 

She joined in October 23 to develop her skills, support people in the community and to help grow the TGIUK community.

To find out more about her, go to- https://www.linkedin.com/in/lara-bryant-b26a2120a/

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Muhammed Fajri

Social Media Content Producer

“Muhammad is from Jakarta, Indonesia and has lived in the UK since 2019. He organised health campaigns and advocacy projects when he was studying medicine. He is excited to apply his skills to help grow the TGIUK audience and learn from TGIUK. During his free time, Muhammad likes to play the piano and cook.”
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Eva Fuentes

Social Media Lead


Eva has 15 years of experience driving growth initiatives at:  University College London, startups in Spain and TGIUK.  She has a Masters in Digital Marketing and a Diploma in Translation from Westminster University.  Her background combines academic and hands-on experience in content creation, web optimization and data analysis. For TGIUK,  she develops compelling cross-channel messaging and analyses performance to increase reach and engagement on top platforms. 

Eva joined in  August 2023. to make a meaningful difference in migrants lives by utilizing her digital marketing skills to increase the impact of TogetherintheUK.

 For more info:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/evafuentes78/

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Oliver O'Donohoe

Social Media Content Creator


Oliver is a secondary school student who has lived in London for his whole life but has roots in Ireland and Scotland. Oliver’s time in London has taught him how important the mixing of different cultures is to the culture of the city and, through his role at TGIUK, he hopes to continue sharing different cultures and different people’s experiences to help inform about the global communities that exist in the UK

To find out more about him, go to:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-o-donohoe-b36721251/

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Ricardo Hernandez

Product Designer


Ricardo Hernández is 29 , he is from Colombia.  He is an architect,  graduating from the National University of Colombia, Branch of Manizales. He has experience in architectural and urban design, comprehensive preparation of projects and supervision of construction and designs.   This includes architectural, electrical, hydro sanitary plans, and 3D production.  

He is currently studying for a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Westminster.  He joined in June 2023 because he liked the idea of working to help people from different countries and cultures. 

To find out more about Ricardo, go to: http://www.linkedin.com/in/andres-ricardo-hernandez-chaves-903214176

Content Production Team

Adam Świtała

Podcast Editor


Adam is a Polish musician living in Iceland who works with the Polish community to help them live an inclusive life in their new country, through music.

He’s happy to support TogetherintheUK’s initiatives and is learning a lot by being part.

Sinéad Mangan

Sinéad Mangan

Content Creator

Sinéad is an experienced international Public Relations, Communications and CSR consultant
Originally from Ireland, Sinéad has lived and worked in Europe, UK and the Middle East for
over thirty years, experiencing the challenges of integrating into new and diverse
environments and cultures. Returning to London in 2021 on a three-year assignment, she
has fresh experience of ‘settling’ into a new country, particularly under the restrictions of
Sinéad is looking forward to supporting TogetherintheUK, hoping to not only contribute
practical information but to meet fellow migrants to share their stories.

Sophie Wright

Graphic Designer | Digital Artist


Sophie has just joined the TGIUK team in autumn 2018. Born in Edinburgh she moved down to London as a child where she has lived ever since. She is a trained actor-musician who also works as a freelance digital artist.

She is excited to learn from TGIUK and keen to help share their message.

Project Office & Fundraising Team

John Ho

John Ho

Head of Insight | Strategist | Programme Manager


Having lived and studied in different regions in East Asia, John moved to London in 2015. He has led customer and operational strategy projects for various organisations, and is keen to apply his analytical and strategic thinking to drive fundraising at TGIUK.

As a migrant himself, John is excited about helping others settle into the British community.

Information & Technology Team

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William Kan

Website Developer

William supports TGIUK’s digital presence as a web developer. Based in London, he has pivoted from working overseas and in the UK in construction, he has now retrained and reskilled in the web and software industry. William enjoys continually applying new technologies and tinkering with programming tools to enhance his capabilities as a developer. He began his career in the non-profit sector and enjoys applying his technical skills for good.

For more info, go to – https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-kan
He joined Oct 2023 in order to support TogetherintheUK enhance its digital presence and help achieve its goals.
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Hammad ALbachitie

Website Support

Hammad is an IT expert he has two masters degrees one in Information systems and one in Business and Management. He joined the TGIUK organization because he aims to support the organization as much as he can in the web design field and Digital Marketing domain. 
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Iris Zibenberg

Product Designer

Product designer based in Israel.
Joined the TGIUK as a user experience designer, will be responsible for designing the website and creating a user-friendly and accessible website.