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 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, judo competitions, drawing and writing poetry.
Patricia StapletonPolicy Manager
Patricia initially joined the Traveller Movement as Partnerships Manager in September 2017. Patricia has become the Policy Manager since April 2019, and 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 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.
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 a Master’s degree in Education from 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 joined the Traveller Movement in 2016 as a Community Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, in 2018 Jenni moved into the Partnerships Manager role. She also oversees the Equality and Social Justice Unit that provides legal advocacy for GRT. 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: https://epublications.uef.fi/pub/urn_isbn_978-952-61-1737-9/index_en.html ). Jenni has worked in several research projects, and co-written national and international articles and seminar reports about Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. Jenni is also a qualified chef. In her free-time Jenni hangs out with cats, goes to the gym and enjoys metal and punk gigs.
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 training to frontline workers across local authorities. She is an expert by experience is domestic abuse. She starred in Traveller Movement film 'Never Going To Beat You' about domestic abuse. Tina also sits on a local independent advisory group with the Metropolitan police in her local borough, and recently joined the parents’ advisory panel at the Family Rights Group.
Education and Partnerships Officer
Chrissie grew up on sites in Essex, before her family settled in Norfolk. She went back to school via an access to Higher Education course and has just finished her degree at King's College London. Witnessing the effects of inequality has made her work harder to change things for the next generation.
In her spare time she can normally be found at the Pictures, or with her nose in a book
Criminal Justice Policy and Campaigns Officer
Sophie joined the Traveller Movement in 2020 as the Criminal Justice Policy and Campaigns Officer. Sophie has a First Class degree in Law from The University of Birmingham and is currently studying for her Msc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics until 2022. Sophie has experience volunteering with several small charities and working as a Legal and Policy researcher on several projects, spanning Women's Legal Landmarks and Brexit policy. Sophie has an explicit interest in feminist criminal justice perspectives, and analysing how successfully Human Rights serve the most vulnerable people in the justice system. This has included researching into the experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the UK and the EU.
Sophie is a qualified yoga instructor and likes to practice, she also loves to hang out with her dogs (and sometimes human friends), go bike riding and paint.