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

Staff

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Debby Kennett

Chief Executive Officer

“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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Warren Lee

Accommodation Advice 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.’’

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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.”

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Richard Lush

Admin Support

“Hi! I’m Rich, one of the more recent additions to the team. While I’m not a direct employee, I run a freelancer business that takes care of these guys! I primarily look after the operational side of things at LGT. Admin, finance, I.T. amongst other things. I have Romany heritage, which is what drew me towards working with the team.”

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Liza Dodds

Youth Development Worker

“My job is to work young Travellers in the community to enable them to become confident, independent young people with choices before them. I take individual referrals as well as work with groups. I work with education providers throughout London and visit families in their homes. We have a project called Bright Futures where we take the individual as they are and help, coordinate and facilitate their pathway to independence through learning, training and employment.”

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Lauren Tapp

Community Development Worker

‘I work to support the Traveller and Gypsy Community to influence decisions affecting their lives. This means supporting their activism, community organising and campaigning on key issues such as discrimination and housing inequality.’

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.

Website

Funders

Supported By BBC Cin - Portrait   gla-logo  TNLHLF_Colour_Logo_English_RGB_0_0ESP Logo - PNG Image JRCT  LBF_RGB_Horizontal-01hackney  Trust for London logo   Tudor high resolution

  • BBC Children in Need
  • Greater London Authority
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • Trust for London
  • The Tudor Trust