Baroness Sal BrintonBaroness 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 BrowneJoe 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 MahoneyBreda 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 FosterBrian 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.