Who we are

Our aim is to end racism and discrimination against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, whatever their ethnicity, nationality, culture or back ground, whether settled or mobile, and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

Read about what we do here


FFT is a registered charity with a Trustee Board, currently made up of eight Trustees, four of whom are Travellers. The Trustees are elected by the members at the AGM and are answerable directly to them. Trustee Board meetings are held six times per annum and are open to all members under our Members Attendance Policy.

Our Co-Directors are:

  • Sarah Mann
  • Zoe Matthews

Our Trustees are –

  • Neil Ansell (Chair)
  • Dominique Corbett (Treasurer)
  • Judy Pointing
  • Marc Willers
  • Tony Thompson
  • Rob Torkington
  • Justine Compton
  • Paola Uccellari

FFT Co-Director, Sarah Mann, is also Company Secretary.

Honorary President, Baroness Janet Whitaker

FFT, previously a Support Group, became a company (non-profit voluntary organisation) limited by guarantee in July 1999 (no. 3597515) and a registered charity in November 2005 (no. 1112326)

History of the Organisation:

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) was established during the passage through Parliament of the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and has become a leading national organisation seeking to address and bring an end to the inequalities faced by Gypsy and Traveller communities.
FFT began life as an informal support group working primarily with New Travellers but since those early days has evolved into a formal organisation providing advice, advocacy, information and other services to all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.
Very early in its history, FFT developed a working relationship with the Public Law Project and provided crucial groundwork for two landmark legal challenges that led to local authorities being required to undertake basic welfare inquiries before carrying out evictions. FFT’s work in this field gained recognition when the organisation was short-listed for the Human Rights Award in 1999.

Read our archive of Annual Reports here.

Last modified: March 31, 2017