The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Tourism Concern is an accredited Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Staff

Mark Watson

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Manager with an MSc in sustainability and a first degree in geography and international development. He was the campaigns director of the human rights charity Stonewall and the Executive Director of One Planet Products before founding the charity UK Foundation for AIDS Research in 2009. In 1986 he spent three months in Dhaka, Bangladesh studying the effects of poverty on social exclusion; then in 1991 he led a six month expedition to the Amazon to consider the social and environmental consequences of rainforest destruction. Before going to university he spent one year working voluntarily in the township of Alexandria in South Africa and in 2003 he climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for HIV / AIDS projects in Africa.

Luke McMillan

With a wealth of experience of working for international NGOs, I find myself in a strong position from which to help continue to grow and increase the impact of Tourism Concern.
Having spent time with Save the Children and the UN (Peace One Day), I have travelled around the world, assessing humanitarian and emergency response programs, witnessing human struggle and exploitation first hand, and defining strategies to increase their impact, as well as mobilising people globally to engage in campaigns for peace.As a qualified marine biologist I spent a number of years working on international conservation projects in developing countries; where I witnessed first hand the damage that tourism can have on local communities. I have also managed a number of international volunteer programs that have been delivered ethically and witnessed some programs that definitely haven’t – therefore I have a unique insight that can only benefit the organisation, having seen the damaging effects of irresponsible tourism first hand. I am excited to be a part of such a fantastic, impactful organisation, and I am looking forward to the months ahead.

Lidia Hejja

Lidia has started as a volunteer at Tourism Concern in 2016. She obtained two degrees, the first a BA in International Tourism and Travel  Management from London Metropolitan Univesity, the second an MSC in Responsible Tourism Management’ from Leeds Beckett University. Her passion is to promote sustainable tourism in Europe. She believes that taking a coach/ train ride to a neighbouring country could be as exotic as travelling to other parts of the world.

 

Volunteers

Helen Jennings

Helen has studied at the Universities of Goldsmiths, Kent, Jyvaskyla (Finland) and The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) where she obtained a MA in Indigenous Studies. She has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Canada, Scandinavia, and South America. Helen is particularly interested in cultural, indigenous, and spiritual tourism, ideas behind sensible ‘regulation’ […]

Samantha Jenkins

Samantha has travelled extensively and worked on development projects out in Cambodia, focusing on the impact of tourism in this region and continues to work for local communities in this area by creating video content for the outreach programs of CRDT and WWF. Samantha believes it is the greatest gift to be able to explore our beautiful […]

Valentine Moretto

Valentine has obtained a bachelor degree in Information and Communication from Montpellier University in France. She has studied journalism for a year at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. The year after, she did an internship in an Environmental NGO in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she became aware how vulnerable local communities were when it […]

Elisa Spampinato

Elisa studied Anthropology and Sociology in Rome and has completed her studies with a field research in Brazil on local governance and new experiments in direct democracy.  Since young, she travelled regularly getting involved in International Volunteering projects in Europe, including eco-tourism experiences and cultural interchanges. She worked in Brazil as a consultant and researcher, […]

Trustees (Council Members)

Kiran Gupta

Kiran’s background is in fundraising communications for international development organisations. She is currently a proposal writer and grant manager at ActionAid UK and has previously worked for Women for Women International and EveryChild. While studying for a Masters in International Relations, Tourism Concern inspired Kiran’s dissertation on poverty alleviation through tourism. In 2010 she took […]

Roger Goode

Dr Albert Kimbu

Albert has been a Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey, Guildford since 2010. He gained his BA in the English Language and Literature in English from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and obtained an MA in Heritage Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (Germany) while picking up a Postgraduate […]

Whitney Wilkinson

Whitney comes from a corporate governance background and has worked for a number of small charities. After obtaining a BA in Politics and Law from the University of Kent, Whitney has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 5 years and has volunteered with Results UK, Street Child International and Stop the Traffik. Whitney […]

Juan I. Marambio

Psychologist, with a Diploma on Sustainable Tourism Management and currently studying the Msc Social Development Practice at UCL. After being an outdoors guide in San Pedro de Atacama (2006-2008), in 2010 funds Travolution.org, with Sebastian Gatica. Since then, has been its CEO. Has participated has consultant in tourism development projects with communities in Chile and […]

Tamara Ramos

Tamara Ramos studied a BSc in Tourism with specialisation in Responsible Tourism while travelling and working in hotels across Europe. During a trip to Sapa in Vietnam she saw the importance of Responsible Tourism practices, after which she pursued and obtained a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management from George Washington University. She recently finished a […]

Ainhoa Aldalur

Ainhoa has an academic background in adventure tourism and leadership & sustainability. She has over 12 years of experience in the tourism industry, having worked in research projects in Washington DC for the Centre for Responsible Travel and leading international expeditions all over Scandinavia, Canada and the Arctic. Ainhoa has a passion for sustainable travel […]