The team

We are a proud and energetic organisation – built around a Board of Trustees and a team of committed staff

None of our work would have been possible without the support of our funders, trustees and our committed and hardworking team of staff

Claire Cooper, Chair of the Board of Trustees, writing in the 2018 annual report



Debby Kennett

Chief Executive Officer and Community Development Coordinator

“I am responsible for the overall vision, strategy and management of LGT, working with staff and trustees to ensure we continue to be a vibrant, effective and sustainable organisation. I am proud of our expert and committed staff team and our longstanding partnership with Gypsies and Travellers who have been involved with our work over many years.”


Ilinca Diaconescu

Policy Officer

“I coordinate LGT’s strategic policy work, seeking to increase opportunities for Gypsies and Travellers in London to have a say in decisions that affect them –particularly in terms of housing, planning and health inequalities. My work aims to gain recognition of the community’s knowledge and expertise, which is essential in order to achieve fair and inclusive policies.”


Tracie Giles

Community Campaigner

“I’m a Romany Gypsy and activist and came to my current job through my own personal experience of  eviction from my home/site. I work with my colleagues campaigning and lobbying government for equality and inclusion.”

Tyler Hatwell

Tyler Hatwell

Youth Outreach Worker

“I work with young Travellers to provide mentoring, advice and support so that they can widen participation in local communities. My work varies between community work and one-to-one support. I am a proud Traveller myself, from an Oxfordshire Showman family and have worked with young people in a mentoring capacity for a number of years.”


Anna Hoare

Community Research Officer

“I work with members of the community to create interactive maps of  Traveller and Gypsy histories in London.  Mapping Traveller histories will raise awareness of the lives, skills and businesses of Gypsies and Travellers across London, recording struggles for rights and recognition and showcasing talents and cultural vitality.”


Geraldine Lindsay

Skills Development Co-ordinator

“My role is to increase self-confidence and independence within the community through skills, basic IT and literacy training. I work with individuals and families so that they can manage their own affairs more effectively and create pathways into employment.”


Warren Lee

Accommodation Advice and Admin. Support Worker

‘’I work with the community providing advice and support. I advise on things to do with keeping accommodation secure such as Benefits, Debts and issues with local Councils among other things. I also provide administrative support to the organisation to ensure we are best tuned to help the community.’’


Mena Mongan

Community Engagement Officer

“I came into this job after volunteering for my community. I challenge everyday discrimination against my people. My job involves encouraging Travellers to speak out for their rights and get involved in LGT campaigns and programmes.”


Tanya Murat

Community Development Worker

“I help the community to influence decisions affecting their lives. I help people to organise themselves to fight for better accommodation and services. I support people to be active in campaigns for more pitches and fairer treatment, challenging discrimination and racism.”

Board of Trustees

  • Claire Cooper (Chair)

Formerly a senior civil servant in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

  • Marian Mahoney (Vice Chair)

Resident on Old Willow Close site in Tower Hamlets, secretary to the site residents’ group and actively involved in LGT’s campaigns for many years.

  • Tunji Makanju (Treasurer)

Finance Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation.

  • Stephen Cottle

Barrister at the Garden Court Chambers where he has represented many Gypsies and Travellers, challenging planning and eviction decisions.

  • Sarah Taylor

Head of Impact and Evaluation at the Coram group of children’s charities

  • Tessa Buchanan

Barrister at Garden Court Chambers practising in the fields of housing, homelessness, community care, mental health, and education.

  • Holly-Gale Millette

University lecturer and academic specialising in cultures and identity, who researches the cultural history of the Bargee Traveller.

  • Richard Bennett

Former teacher and councillor, who provides training to councillors on issues facing Gypsies and Travellers.

  • Sarah Edwards

Lecturer at University of Oxford with Romany and Traveller heritage.

  • Giorgio Mariani

Institutional fundraiser who wants to support the work of London Gypsies and Travellers.



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  • Trust for London
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