Gail achieved everything above before she turned thirty; her future was incredibly bright and she was making great strides in her music career. At the desperately young age of twenty-nine she was diagnosed with Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS), however this did not dampen her ebullient enthusiasm. Music is part of who Gail is and after her diagnosis she founded and established Musicworks, one of Lambeth's most prominent community music schools; based in Brixton, Musicworks boasted over 3000 students. Gail also organised many jazz festivals through her promotion company, Frontline Productions. She was later Managing Director of the Mick Jagger project, National Music Day, whereupon 1500 musical events were registered & took place throughout Britain for one day each year. Gail also started arranging and scoring music for big bands and writing scores for television, she also made TV appearances and presented shows for the BBC, Jazz Week and BBC’s Black London.
At the age of forty-three she was called into ministry and studied at both Ambassadors College and Spurgeon's College, London. She obtained her ministerial qualifications; Diploma in Theology for Ministry, Bachelor (Hons) and Masters Degree in Theology and Fine Arts (DipMin, BTh (Hons), MTh). She is now studying for her PhD, and will be releasing her autobiography Black Foot Forward in late 2021
The call to serve her community is evident in everything Gail has put her mind to. She established Millennium Community Solutions CIC for that very reason, having in the past served as a Governor of St Thomas's and Guy's Hospital, a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain and various other funding bodies and local Borough councils for many years. Gail is currently an ambassador for World Vision UK: International Children's Charity alongside running many community projects in Lambeth sheltered housing schemes, disability day care centres, nursery schools reading programs and much more. Gail is truly an effervescent, tireless committed person who is well equipped to deal with the day-to-day running of and fundraising for any community endeavour.
Rev Gail Thompson DipMin, BTh (Hons), MTh
Founder / CEO
Revd. Gail Thompson, ambassador for world vision and Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA), is a long-time member and ordained Christian minister of C.I.C. International (Churches in Communities). She is also a member of the Centre for World Group, Ambassadors College and an ordained Honourable chaplain at SOAS University (disability unit).
Gail spent 20 years as a professional and world class conductor, saxophonist, clarinetist & flautist. As well as touring, composing and conducting her own 23-strong big band, she has world tours, concerts & countless solo appearances under her creative belt. She has played iconic venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and the Royal Festival Hall and alongside such luminaries as Art Blakey, Charlie Watts and the Jazz Warriors.
Rev Isaac Danso Snr
Director & treasurer – policy & publications
Director – media
Disability project coordinator
Technology & devices coordinator
Young persons' events coordinator