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 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.
Yvonne MacNamaraChief 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.
Community Development and Partnerships OfficerChristina joined the Traveller Movement in 2017 as a community development intern. She is an Irish Traveller and a mother of 2 children. She is passionate about delivering training to schools and helping GRT children get the right education they need. She is also very interested in helping women who may be victims to domestic violence and helping to advocate for their needs. She is a member of the Women’s Empowerment Network. She really enjoys working at The Traveller Movement and being part of fighting the issues GRT communities face.
Sabrina FranklinOffice Manager
Sabrina joined the Traveller Movement in 2010 initially working on implementing the PQASSO Quality Mark. Sabrina comes from the background in the voluntary sector, gaining many years of experience in administration, event planning, volunteer management, frontline work and Elders Day Care Work. Sabrina is passionate about supporting people with mental health needs and has achieved her Mental Health Initial Response Certificate. In Sabrina’s own time, she loves spending time with her family, taking trips to tattoo conventions and writing poetry.
Patricia StapletonPolicy Manager
Patricia initially joined the Traveller Movement as Partnerships Manager in September 2017. Since then, Patricia has become the Policy Manager since April 2019. Patricia also oversees TM’s Education and Advocacy project. Before joining TM Patricia worked for a migrant rights NGO in Ireland and then for a variety of NGOs in the UK. Patricia has completed a PhD in Applied Social Studies where she examined the long term outcomes for victims of human trafficking in Ireland. Patricia is passionate about promoting the human rights of marginalised groups in society. In her spare time she enjoys going to the cinema, meeting friends and exploring London.
Cassie Marie McDonaghSessional worker
Cassie Marie McDonagh first joined The Traveller Movement in 2009 as a support officer. She returned to TM in 2017 where her work now focuses on Hate crime. Cassie Marie is a Traveller woman and has experienced racism and discrimination first hand and so is passionate about empowering the GRT community. Cassie cares passionately about promoting GRT History in schools and campaigns for its inclusion in the national curriculum. Cassie is also a very proud mother of a beautiful little girl.
Chelsea McDonaghEducation Policy and Campaigns officer
Chelsea joined the Traveller Movement in 2019 as the Education Policy and Campaigns officer. Chelsea is an Irish Traveller from London. She has a First Class degree in Physical and Sport Education from St Mary’s University Twickenham and is currently studying for a Master’s in Education at King’s College London. Chelsea has considerable experience working with disengaged young people, through the mediums of sport and education. She is currently working on the publication of research which explores Gypsy and Traveller experiences of Higher Education. Areas of interest include education, GRT in Higher Education, NEET/Alternative Education Provision and LGBT Travellers.
Jenni BerlinPartnerships and Community Development Manager
Jenni initially joined the Traveller Movement as a case worker and research officer, and has recently become the Partnerships and Community Development Manager. 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 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. In her free-time Jenni fosters cats, plays football and enjoys going to rock, metal and punk concerts.
Jim DaviesStrategic Adviser
Jim Davies is a strategic adviser to the Traveller Movement. He has worked alongside the TM for a number of years in his previous role as Director of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association, 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.
Tina McInerneyWomen’s Worker
Tina is the women’s worker within the Traveller Movement. She first joined the team in 2008 as a volunteer, before joining the staff team in 2010. Since then she has been involved in the development of a number of projects. Tina helps in the delivery of cultural awareness training in schools. She also delivers training on domestic violence to frontline workers across local authorities. She also sits on a local independent advisory group with the Metropolitan police in her local borough. She recently joined the parents’ advisory panel at the Family Rights Group.