The volunteer team at Equality

Alan Anstead is the founder and Chief Executive.  He is a strategic communications, programme management and human rights practitioner with considerable international experience of working for governments and NGOs, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and the European Roma Rights Centre.  He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations and of Charity Comms and a member of the Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers.

Email or telephone +44 (0)20 3239 6605 or tweet @AlanAnstead

Nick Radu is Operations Manager. He is a teacher in London. He was born in Romania and his background as a Rom coming from a poor area motivated him to study and work hard to qualify as a teacher. Nick wants to dispel the negative stereotypes of Roma and to help many in the Roma community achieve a better life, an objective that he believes can only be reached through education. Nick works with Roma families across London and also coaches a local football team in his spare time. Email
Assen Slavchev is a community development expert, programme manager and trainer. He was Executive Director of Roma-Lom, a community-based organisation in Bulgaria, for ten years before moving to London, and has worked with Roma communities in many Eastern European and Balkans countries. Assen now works with Roma families in the UK. Email

Ramona Constantin moved to Manchester from Ialomița, Romania, in 2009. Within 18 months she had progressed from selling The Big Issue in the North to working as a classroom assistant and community support worker, thanks to a pioneering training scheme run by the magazine, the city council and partner agencies for young Roma adults with language skills.

Maneka Tohani has been working with the Roma community, mainly in the field of education, whilst conducting a PhD. She is a Vodaphone World of Difference winner with the mental health charity Mindwise and has extensive experience of working with children in difficult circumstances. She is also a trainer on the Council of Europe Roma mediator programme ROMED.

Andrea Mohacsi is a Roma teacher and journalist. Formerly a chemistry teacher in Hungary and then a journalist for a Hungarian Roma media site, Andrea now lives in Derby, England.

In memory of Heather Ureche, a founder member of Equality who worked for decades to improve the situation of Roma. Heather passed away on 9 December 2012. She will not be forgotten.

Equality is a registered charity in England and Wales number 1138914, and a charitable company limited by guarantee number 7352494.  Our registered office is at 19 The Malt House, The Drays, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9TP. Our latest Annual Report can be downloaded.

Equality is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Equality is a member of the Together to School coalition of civil society organisations against discrimination and segregation in the Czech education system.

Equality is a member of the UK Race and Europe Network, a membership organisation involved in combating racism at a local, national and European level.  UK-REN is the national coordinator of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

Equality is a member of the European Roma Information Office network of organisations.

Equality is a member of Citizens for Europe, which is a group of civil society actors supporting themselves to create a participatory and democratic Europe

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