Baroness Sal Brinton

Baroness Sal Brinton is the President of UK Liberal Democrat party and the Traveller Movement’s patron. Baroness Sal Brinton was awarded an honorary PhD in 2003 for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University. She was also made a Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London.


Chairperson Joe Browne

Joe is a human rights lawyer who has been working and living in London since 1995. He has many years experience working in the Not for Profit sector both as a project worker and in management and governance. He is a trustee of a number of charities and also sits on the various advisory boards working with the Irish diaspora in Britain and around the world. He has many years experience working with the Traveller Community in London and throughout the UK. He is a well seasoned campaigner of Traveller rights and has been very involved in a number of national campaigns including the Dale Farm Campaign. He is one of the founding members of the Traveller Movement.

Vice Chairperson Ms Breda Mahoney

Breda Mahoney is a self employed trader and a long standing community member on TM’s Board. She has contributed a Gypsy Traveller dimension to national and local service planners and providers; has been a community speaker at related Conferences and events; and a leader in TM capacity-building initiatives. Breda is also a member of the NTAG.

Treasurer Mr Brian Foster

Brian has UK and international experience of working in projects to raise the social and educational achievement of Gypsy Roma Traveller communities. He has contributed to Government publications and research and is an experienced consultant and trainer. Brian is chair of the Advisory Committee on the Education of Romanies and other Travellers (ACERT).

Secretary Mr Michael Ridge*

Michael currently practices as a statutory sector Social Worker with Gypsy and Traveller communities and he has worked in this area since 2000, developing a culturally competent Gypsy Traveller Community Social Work service delivery model in that time. Michael also is an Art Therapist (Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy University of Hertfordshire 1989) and a Social Worker (Diploma in Social Work and MA in Social Work Metropolitan University 1999) and also has a 1983 BA degree in Politics from York University.

*Michael passed away in July this year. Read a tribute to his life in the Traveller Times here. Rest in peace.

Ms Pauline Anderson

Pauline is an Irish Traveller but has led a settled life mainly in Yorkshire. Her current role is Service Director of Learning and Skills at Derby Council and was teh former Head of Service for Primary Schools at Sheffield City Council, being responsible for primary standards in all three Key Stages across the city. She leads 3 teams of improvement professionals. She is also Chair of the New Arrivals (including Roma) Steering Group for the City Wide Learning Body which is a cross directorate group seeking to support schools to improve outcomes for pupils. Pauline is also a member of our NTAG.

Mr Martin Howe

Martin has over 30 years experience working as a solicitor in particular specialising in social justice cases. He is owner and senior partner of Howe & Co Solicitors based in London of which Martin developed Howe & Co to become a recognised leading litigation and human rights campaigning firm with a national and international reputation for high class work fighting for the underdog.

Dr Aileen Kitching

Aileen is a medical doctor. She has previously worked as a GP and hospital doctor in Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and Africa, and currently works as a public health doctor in the U.K., primarily in the areas of health protection, immunisation and infectious diseases. She is based at Public Health England.

Mr Mark Watson

Mark was a Cheshire Police Officer for 30 years prior to his retirement in November 2012. He served in a variety of roles throughout the county as a Constable, Sergeant and finally as an Inspector. In recent years he worked closely with several Community Safety / Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships and was Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights for Cheshire Constabulary from September 2008 until his retirement. During his career Mark and his team won awards for “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” and “Partnership of the Year: Best example of joint work across the criminal justice system” at the Criminal Justice System’s National Justice Awards.

Mrs Bridget McCarthy

Bridget is an Irish Traveller and a long term supporter and friend of the charity. She is a well seasoned community activist in her local area and has won the community achievement award for her tireless work on Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community projects. Bridget also sits on the Traveller Movement Policy Advisory Group and has been a key contributor at the organisation’s annual national conference, delivering cultural diversity training to local authorities and participating in key meetings with policy makers.