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.


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.

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.



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 […]

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, […]

Sarah Gafarou

After earning a bachelor of commerce in Canada, Sarah worked for a few years working in B2B in Canada and Australia. Having travelled extensively throughout the world, Sarah decided to return to her passion, tourism and development. She obtained an MSc in Tourism, Environment and Development from King’s College of London with a field research […]

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, 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 […]

Luca Patrignani

Dr. Andy Lyon

Dr. Andy Lyon is Head of Department for Marketing, Tourism and Events Management at the University of Chester. His PhD was on sustainable tourism development in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in South Africa. He lectures on tourism sustainability and tourism planning & development. He has been involved in a number of tourism projects including community-based […]