Our team

Roman Road LDN is a online community published by not-for-profit media organisation Social Streets C.I.C. It provides daily content about the area around Roman Road in East London. Our patch includes Bow, Globe Town, Fish Island, Mile End and Stepney – about 50,000 local residents.

Tabitha Stapely portrait 2020

Tabitha Stapely

2016 to present

Tabitha is the founder and director of Social Streets C.IC, the not-for-profit news and media organisation that publishes the family of Slice titles for Tower Hamlets including Roman Road LDN. She has worked as a magazine editor at several top publishing houses, including Hearst Magazines where she lead on digital content strategy for titles including Elle, Red, Esquire, Handbag and Harpers, and previously The Telegraph Saturday Magazine. Stapely was Chair then CEO of Roman Road Trust from 2013 to 2018 and has extensive experience of local governance, neighbourhood forums and community capacity building.

Johannes Hermann headshot.

Johannes Hermann

December 2023 to present

Johannes Hermann has a background in fundraising for Clean Tech and Sustainable investing. Hermann joined Social Streets C.I.C. in December 2023 to build partnerships with local stakeholders. Business developer, entrepreneur, Web3 start-up hustler.

Journalist Imogen Garfinkel, Roman Road LDN, Social Streets C.I.C.

Imogen Garfinkel

Editorial Leadership Programme 2023-2024
September 2023 to present

Imogen studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature. She is currently working towards being a qualified journalist by completing her NCTJ with PA Media. Her Master’s thesis explored the ongoing legacies of transatlantic slavery in the present day, focusing on the site of the plantation in America and the Caribbean. She joined Social Streets to follow her interest in the cultural and political power of marginalised communities. See all work by Imogen Garfinkel.

Albie Matthews, journalist and intern at Roman Road LDN newspaper.

Albie Matthews

February 2023 to May 2023

Albie graduated from City Investigative Journalism MA in 2023. They are interested in conducting in-depth public interest investigations looking into stories that expose human rights abuses. Albie joined Social Streets as an editorial intern for Roman Road LDN in 2024. See all work by Albie Matthews.

Want to work with us? As a social enterprise, we have an entirely educational editorial floor providing a mixture of training and work to people starting their careers in journalism, including opportunities exclusively for local young people. Read more about Social Streets C.I.C here, including internships, academic placements, citizen journalism and our Digital Editor Trainee and Leadership programmes.

Hall of Fame: Previous staff, interns, and work placement students

Journalist Sinead Campbell, intern at Roman Road LDN, Social Streets C.I.C.

Sinead Campbell, Intern

Sinead graduated from King’s College London with a BA in Liberal Arts with a Major in History just before interning with us for three months between September and December 2023. She went on to do an internship at the Financial Times.  See all work by Sinead Campbell.

Ellie MacInnes

Ellie MacInnes, Commercial Assistant

Ellie graduated in Law from Dublin University in 2021 and worked for Ireland’s Department of Justice before joining Social Streets CIC in 2022 to lead the growth of memberships and advertising sales for The Slice Magazine.  

Journalist Srinidhi Balakrishna, intern at Roman Road LDN, Social Sterets C.I.C.

Srinidhi Balakrishnan, Intern

Srinidhi Balakrishnan graduated in Social Sciences from Cambridge University in 2022 before working in media for a year in Mumbai. She joined Roman Road LDN in April 2023 for our four-month internship before moving to the FT. See all work by Srinidhi Balkrishnan.

Polly Nash, Journalist.

Polly Nash, Editorial Leadership Programme

City of London International Journalism MA student Polly Nash undertook a four-month placement from January 2022 to April 2022. She subsequently joined our Editorial Leadership Programme in September 2022 and progressed to role of editor in autumn 2023. See all work by Polly Nash.

Aasif Rahman, trainee journalist for Roman Road LDN.

Aasif Rahman, Intern

Assif Rahman, from Bow, completed a one-month work placement in June 2023 as part of his BA in Journalism at City University. See all work by Aasif Rahman. 

Valerie Vishnevetskaya, intern for Roman Road LDN community newspaper.

Valerie Vishnevetskaya , Intern

Following her Masters in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at UCL, English graduate Valerie just us for a two-month internship in April and May 2023 before securing a job at Raedas. See all work by Valerie Vishnevetskaya. 

Journalist George Hayes, black and white headshot.

George Hayes, Intern

George Hayes graduated with an MA and BA degrees in English Literature from the University of Leeds then qualified with a gold standard in his NCTJ diploma in multimedia journalism before joining our four month internship programme in December 2022. He then secured a role as Reporter for Newsquest’s Romford Recorder. See all work by George Hayes. 

Victoria Miller, Editorial Assisant at Roman Road LDN magazine.

Victoria Miller, Editorial Leadership Programme

After working in the charity sector, Victoria Miller transitioned into journalism. She graduated with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University in 2021 before joining Roman Road LDN as part of our Editorial Leadership Scheme, leaving as Editor in December 2022. Miller is currently Features Writer for The Caterer. See all work by Victoria Miller. 

Panayiota Demosthenous, intern at Roman Road LDN news and culture magazine.

Panayiota Demosthenous, Intern

After working in the charity sector, Victoria Miller transitioned into journalism. She graduated with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University in 2021 before joining Roman Road LDN as part of our Editorial Leadership Scheme, leaving as Editor in December 2022. Miller is currently Features Writer for The Caterer. See all work by Victoria Miller. 

Journalist Atiya Chowdhury.

Atiya Chowdhury, Work Placement

City of London Journalism MA student Atiya Choudhury undertook a two-week placement in February 2022 with us as part of her studies. See all work by Atiya Chowdhury.

Oyin Osin, intern at Roman Road LDN magazine.

Oyin Osin, Intern

Oyin graduated from the University of Warwick and joined us for a three-month internship from September 2021. Oyin’s work has also appeared in Black Ballad magazine, where she writes about the daily experiences of Black women in modern Britain with the hopes to educate others on racism and misogynoir. See all work by Oyin Osin.

Evie Breese, journalist at Roman Road LDN magazine.

Evie Breese, Editorial Assistant

Evie graduated from Goldsmith’s University with an MA in Journalism and joined in March 2021. She left in Ocober 2021 to work as a Digital Reporter at the Big Issue. See all work by Evie Breese.

Anna Lamche, Intern

Anna graduated from UCL with a first in English Literature in 2020 and joined us as an intern from April to July 2021. She went on to become a Reporter for the Islington Tribune, Assistant Editor at Camden New Journal and now works as a reporter for BBC News Online. See all work by Anna Lamche.

Natasha Shah, Patrons and Partners, Roman Road LDN

Natasha Shah, Partners and Patrons Manager

Natasha Shah ran her own creative agency for ten years before joining us as Partners and Patrons Manager. She established our Partners, Patrons and Pubilcation ecosystem and lead our crowdfunding campaign in November 2022 successfully raising £15,000.

Journalist, Tom MGhee, internship at Roman Road LDN magazine.

Tom McGhie, Intern

Tom graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Journalism and joined us as an intern between January and March 2021. is now a Digital Reporter at Boat International Media. See all work by Tom McGhie.

Siva Thangarajah, Editorial Assistant

Siva graduated with a MA in International Journalism from City University in 2018. She joined us as Editorial Assistant in December 2019 and was promoted to Commissioning Editor. Siva left in December 2020 to become Digital Communications Officer at Imix. See all work by Siva Thangarajah.

Grace Boyle, intern at Roman Road LDN magazine

Grace Boyle, Intern

Grace graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017, where she trained as an actor. She joined us as an intern for three months between September 2020 and November 2020 following a newly discovered passion for sharing stories in the written form. See all work by Grace Boyle.

Edna Bannor, work placement.

Edna Bannor, Work Placement

We first met Edna Bannor, a Year Eleven student at Bishop Challenor School in Shadwell, when she took part in our Mad About Grime project, a youth project designed to give insights into the media industry to local young people. Enthused about reporting on politics Edna then undertook a work placement with us the following year and went on to study politics at university.

Francesca Lister-Fell, Intern

Francesca graduated in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh in 2019 and joined us as an intern in 2020 from September to November, an extra-long internship due to the pandemic. She went on to do an MA in Journalism at City University in 2020 and now works as a reporter at Welwyn Hatfield Times. See all work by Francesca Lister-Fell.

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Atifah Chowdhury, Work Placement

Atifah Chowdhury, student at Mulberry UTC in Bow, undertook a two-week work placement to get hands on experience in the creative and media industries.

Anna Lezard, Roman Road LDN

Anna Lezard, Intern

Anna graduated with an MA in New Media and Digital Culture and joined us an an intern in March 2018. She was promoted to Social Media Assistant and helped developed the website giving her taste for coding. She left in December 2019 is now working as a developer for Mubi. See all work by Anna Lezard.

Frederick OBrien, Roman Road LDN

Fred O’Brien, Editorial Assistant

Fred joined us in 2018 as Editorial Assistant while completing his NCTJ in Multimedia Journalism. He worked for Roman Road LDN between November 2018 and November 2019. He is now a software engineer for The Guardian. See all work by Fred O-Brien

Scarlet Hannington, Intern

Scarlet graduated with First Class Honours in 2018 and joined us as an intern from November to February in 2019 and is now pursuing a career as a freelance journalist. See all work by Scarlet Hannington.

Natasha Forrest, intern at Roman Road LDN magazine

Natasha Forrest, Intern

Natasha Forrest graduated in English Literature graduate from Queen Mary University of London 2018 and joined us as an intern in 2019 from January to March. She is now Editorial Assistant at The Cultural Me. See all work by Natasha Forrest.

Dominika Kubinyova

Dominkia Kubinyova, Intern

Dominika Kubinyova graduated from City University in 2018 where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. After her internship here between September 2018 and December 2018, she pursued her interest in fashion journalism and is now Copywriter for French Connection. See all work by Dominika Kubinyova

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Megan Agnew, Intern

Megan was a graduate of City University where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. After interning at Roman Road LDN from May 2018 to July 2018 she went on to the Sunday Times Magazine. See all work by Megan Agnew.