Nathalie Thomas-Mestre

Cook (Switzerland)


Photograph: David Robie


Nathalie, 50, lives in England with her husband, Jonathan, a former Greenpeace deckhand. They run a Post Office and business in Somerset.


In 1985 Natalie was the youngest crew member on board the Rainbow Warrior. After the bombing she stayed on in Auckland helping to prepare various boats that sailed to protest at Moruroa later that year. After sailing to Antarctica on the Greenpeace in 1987 she returned to Switzerland where she married and had her first child in 1989. After running a bakery there for nine years, the family moved to England. Thirty years on, she is still cooking - and is still vegetarian. She and Jonathan have three adult children, two working in London and one in Switzerland.