About us

Friends, Families and Travellers is a Traveller led charity which has been working for equality for Gypsies and Travellers since 1994. We are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies, Roma and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.

We are a registered charity with a Board of Trustees which has ten Trustees, five of whom are Gypsies or Travellers. Trustees are elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting and are answerable directly to them. Our trustees meet six times each year and meetings are open to all members to attend. We have a professional team of staff who deliver our vision through outreach, advice and policy work, education and training, research and more. The work of our staff is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. At least half of our staff, interns and volunteers are Travellers.

A picture of the FFT staff team.
Members of the FFT team, May 2017. (L-R) Angela Barnett, Sarah Mann, Ivy Green, Emma Nuttall, Samson Rattigan, Michelle Gavin, Liz McPherson, Suzanna Woodward, Carolyn Horrox, Charmaine Valler, Abbie Kirkby, Zoe Matthews, Avril Fuller and Gemma Challenger

Our Co-Directors are:

  • Sarah Mann
  • Zoe Matthews

Our Trustee Board are:

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

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

Our Honorary President is Baroness Janet Whitaker.

History

We began life as an informal support group working primarily with New Travellers but since those early days we have evolved into an organisation providing advice, advocacy, information and other services to all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.

Early on, we worked with the Public Law Project on two landmark legal challenges that led to local authorities being required to make basic welfare inquiries before forcing families from a piece of land. As part of the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition, we were shortlisted for the Human Rights Award in 2004.

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

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