The Traveller Movement has a professional team of staff and volunteers who are highly dedicated in the work they do and provide excellent support in the running of the charity. The team is made up of Gypsies, Traveller and Roma and members of the settled population working together for the realisation of human rights for these minority groups. The charity is run by the Chief Executive Officer, Yvonne MacNamara supported by a senior management team. We have three teams, Operations and Administration, Partnerships and Capacity Building and Policy Campaigns and Research. We employ a core staff group to deliver our aims and objectives supported by an excellent volunteer and internship team. We contract a number of independent consultancies on a needs basis to help us deliver our services from time to time.
Our Core Team
Yvonne MacNamara – Chief Executive Officer
Yvonne joined the staff team of the Traveller Movement as CEO April 2008. Yvonne is a well seasoned practitioner within the field of community development and equality and has held a number of senior management roles. She currently sits on a number of advisory groups across government and within the wider sector. She is responsible for overseeing and leading the charity and all of its teams.
Abigail Angus – Education and Advocacy Officer
Abi joined the Traveller Movement team in November 2014 as a placement student and now runs TM’s education project. Her favourite part of the job is getting out of the office to attend school meetings with families. Before joining TM, Abi worked as support for pupils with additional needs in schools and as a play worker in an inclusive play centre. In her spare time she enjoys food, books and lipstick!
Patrick Kinsella – Policy and Campaigns Manager
TM are delighted to welcome Patrick on board. Patrick has spent the last two years leading the advocacy & policy work for CSAN, the social action arm of the Catholic Church. At CSAN, he worked closely with Catholic charities and dioceses to ensure their work in supporting the poorest and most vulnerable was given the national platform it deserved. Prior to joining the CSAN, Patrick worked for Four Communications in their public affairs division with a particular focus on planning and regeneration work. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys playing football, cycling and cheering on Arsenal Football Club.
Jenni Berlin – Communities, Advocacy and Campaigns Officer
Jenni has a PhD in sociology, where she studied the well-being of housed Gypsies and Travellers in England and Finnish Roma in Finland (available from: epublications.uef.fi) In addition to working at the TM, Jenni is doing her post-doctoral research about ‘home’, and is a Research Fellow at Buckinghamshire New University and occasionally at Greenwich University, working on research projects involving Gypsy, Traveller and migrant Roma issues. For the last five years Jenni has assisted Professor Margaret Greenfields and IDRICS in several research projects, and co-written national and international seminar reports. On her free-time Jenni fosters cats, plays football and enjoys going to rock, metal and punk concerts.
Radmila Vujnovic – Operational and Financial Manager
Radmila joined the Traveller Movement in October 2009, coming from a background in the voluntary sector. Prior to joining TM, Radmila worked in a number of charities linked to the Irish community, where she gained over twelve years of experience in finance, HR, event and office management. Radmila is Part-qualified ACCA.
Joanna Gregson – Legal Development Officer
Joanna joined the Traveller Movement in August 2016 to run the newly-established Equality & Social Justice Unit. Before that, she spent a number of years working with Gypsy and Traveller clients at a legal aid firm specialising in planning and social welfare law. She is on the steering group of the No Mad Laws campaign which aims to highlight the disastrous effect that recent Legal Aid cuts have had on the Gypsy and Traveller communities, and has co-authored an article on the subject for Legal Action magazine. As a newcomer to London, Joanna is enjoying getting to know the city and everything it has to offer.