The GRTAB have quarterly meetings at the TM offices in London and also work in subgroups and individual capacities as and when required.
The group and its members have been instrumental in:
- Coordinating and facilitating TM’s highly successful annual national conferences since 2007, attended by approximately 200 people each year
- Guiding TM research, including TM’s 2013 Department of Health funded study on the impact of insecure accommodation on Gypsies’ and Travellers’ health
- Attending Department of Education Gypsy Roma Traveller Stakeholder Group meetings and guiding TM education policy
- Challenging negative media coverage of Gypsies and Travellers, including TM’s successful complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency against Channel 4’s ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ advertisements
- Guiding and drafting the TM submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
- To strive for confident and pro-active participation, TM offers capacity building and skills development training to all members. We believe that self-confidence is key to full participation within the group and the ability to represent the issues affecting these communities externally. GRT Advisory Board members are from a wide geographical spread with an incredible range of diverse backgrounds and skills, including tradesmen, classroom assistants, teachers, traders, community youth workers, solicitors, respected activists and community advocates.
The Traveller Movement’s policy officer facilitates the GRT Advisory Board. For inquiries into joining our Advisory Board please contact us.
Jim Davies has worked alongside the TM for a number of years in his previous role as Director of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA), which he co-founded in 2014. His main interest and focus is on dismantling the societal barriers that exist for the Romany and Traveller people that prevent them from accessing the same equality of opportunity and quality of life that the majority of the population have access to. @JimJimineeee
Helena Kiely was born in London and left school when she was 11. Helena returned to education at 16 and began working at the London Gypsy and Traveller (LGT) when she was 17. She also spent some time working with the Traveller Movement. Helena applied for university in Sheffield and in 2015 graduated with a 1st class Honours Degree in Youth and Community Work. Currently Helena is a Director at the ReallyNEET project, an education provider dedicated to making education accessible to those who have struggled to cope in mainstream education.
Colin Clark is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Colin has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and his main teaching and research interests are in the broad areas of ethnic and racial studies, migration, intersectionality, and Romani studies. Colin gained his MA (Hons.) degree from the University of Dundee and his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has previously taught at Glasgow University, Newcastle University and Strathclyde University. Outside of UWS, Colin is a Board member of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights and a Trustee of Romano Lav (Roma Voice) in a voluntary capacity. He is also a member of the research advisory group of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Colin is of Scottish Traveller descent, the Robertson’s of the North East of Scotland (Aberdeens