the history of Tereza Joanne
The Tereza-Joanne was launched in 1997. The vessel started life as a crane barge built in Eastern Europe just after World War II and eventually, over time, found its way to the United Kingdom. Following a complete refurbishment, it is now permanently moored in Albert Island East London offering a unique floating venue for all types of events.
The Tereza-Joanne is a family business offering that personal service to assist with your planning to make your event perfect and with over twenty years of experience, you are in safe hands. In 2019 Marian Phillips was awarded businessperson of the year by the East London Chamber of Commerce.
Our company supports the local economy, we utilize local companies for our supplies and all our staff are recruited locally. We also host numerous local charities and rotary events, such as “Better Together” a shared lives scheme in Newham, and “Tawa Chillout” hosted by Helen Ayodele Sonoiki a board member for the national charity “Domestic Violence UK” providing dedicated information and support from BAME communities fleeing abuse.
We also support a charity that is close to our hearts run by Adrian and Michael’s stepmother in Malawi “Ellen Mai Guru Trust” which provides feeding programs and pre-school education in extremely poor rural communities in Malawi. (Charity No: 1161065)
Meet the Team
Born in Malawi, Adrian came to the UK aged 9. He was educated in North London and gained a degree in accounting and finance from UEL.
He took up his full-time position in 2000.
His unique cooking style incorporates a fusion of flavours using exotic ingredients from around the world. His cooking is from the heart “Once tasted never forgotten” our customers' reaction speaks volumes. He has catered for premier league football players and CEOs; we are so fortunate to have such a talent on board. His calm relaxed attitude has encouraged many young people to get involved in the culinary world as he believes in the transformative power of the kitchen to shape lives and help build self-esteem.
Adrian also enjoys interior design and upcycling many of his projects can be seen on board the boat.
Adrian’s twin brother. He also studied at UEL and obtained a degree in business economics and finance.
He joined Tereza Joanne in early 2000 and instigated a kaleidoscope of events working with tour operators, musicians, dance teachers, local business and community organisations.
Michael is a firm believer in corporate social responsibility he actively supports local initiatives and charities. In his spare time, he mentors young BAME students and now sits on the Newham Chamber of Commerce executive committee.
His charm is the secret ingredient that turns every event into a memorable affair. His commitment to customer satisfaction goes beyond the ordinary, as he ensures that every guest leaves with a smile and a desire to return. His warm personality and approachability make him a favourite among clients and staff alike.
Originally from North West London Marian studied for a Bachelor of Education at Whitelands Roehampton but went straight into business with her husband Mervyn.
The Tereza Joanne was born from their joint endeavour to bring watersports to London’s East-end.
As pioneers in the 80’s they introduced wet bikes and jet skis into the Victoria Dock to the bewildered folk of Canning Town and Silvertown. Relocating to King George V Dock they received a decade of achievement award from LDDC for leisure and recreation also offering bungee jumping and parascending when City Airport was closed. Marian took the helm in 2004 and guided the business into the hospitality market. She received the award of the business person of the year 2019 from the East London Chamber of Commerce.
“The business has a unique position in the fabric of Newham catering for all. We have managed to break down barriers and prejudice but to my disappointment it has taken over 20yrs. I am proud that as a team we have put the heart and soul back into business. We have had an impact on thousands of lives, and we pride ourselves that our customers keep coming back”