Editorial team

Roman Road LDN is a cultural online magazine that 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.

As a social enterprise, we are committed to pioneering a model of local journalism that is community-led. Our staff are professionally trained journalists with a passion for bringing high quality journalism to the grassroots and giving a voice to those less heard.

Current staff

Tabitha Stapely, Digital Director, Roman Road LDN

Tabitha Stapely


Tabitha is the founder and director of Social Streets C.IC, the not-for-profit news and media organisation that publishes Roman Road LDN. She has worked as a magazine editor at several top publishing houses, most recently at 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 CEO of Roman Road Trust from 2013 to 2018 and has extensive experience of local governance, neighbourhood forums and community capacity building.

Siva Thangarajah


December 2019 to present

Siva is a multimedia journalist, having graduated with a MA in International Journalism from City University in 2018. She graduated in English Literature at Durham University, where she was also a student reporter. Comfortable working in a variety of mediums, her past lives include stints in digital copywriting, and podcasting. See all work by Siva Thangarajah.

Scarlet Hannington


November 2019 to present

Scarlet graduated with First Class Honours in Combined Social Sciences from Durham university, where she was Comment Editor for the student paper. Known for her opinionated rants on power relations and inequalities, she believes in giving a voice to those who go unheard. In 2016, she travelled the world and discovered her unwavering fascination with social-cultural differences. Ever since, she has endeavoured to explore it through stints as a freelance writer. See all work by Scarlet Hannington .

Previous staff & interns

Anna Lezard, Roman Road LDN

Anna Lezard


March 2018-December 2019

Anna grew up in London and recently graduated with an MA in New Media and Digital Culture, where she spent too much time writing about journalism on Twitter and Reddit’s relationship with the extreme right. She served as an editor at her university’s student newspaper during her BA in Philosophy, but balanced her MA alongside part-time work as a sushi chef in a Japanese restaurant in Amsterdam. See all work by Anna Lezard.

Frederick OBrien, Roman Road LDN

Fred O’Brien


November 2018-November 2019

Frederick’s research has featured in The Independent, The Telegraph, and the New York Post, amongst others. After an award-winning year in copywriting Fred is now earning his NCTJ diploma in Multimedia Journalism. In 2017 he co-led a team of twelve on a volunteer placement in Nepal, working with community groups to strengthen local livelihoods. See all work by Fred O-Brien.

Natasha Forrest, intern at Roman Road LDN magazine

Natasha Forrest


January 2019 -March 2019

Natasha Forrest is a recent English Literature graduate from Queen Mary University of London with a passion for reading. Forrest juggled studying with volunteering at the Amnesty Bookshop, and now lives on East London’s Brick Lane. She’s one of seven siblings, and drinks as many cups of tea in the day. See all work by Natasha Forrest.

Dominika Kubinyova

Natasha Forrest


September 2018 -December 2018

Dominika Kubinyova is a graduate of City University where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. See all work by Dominika Kubinyova

Journalist Megan Agnew profile photo

Megan Agnew


May 2018 -July 2018

Megan Agnew grew up in London and interned here as a recent graduate of City University where she did her MA in Magazine Journalism. She went on to the Sunday Times Magazine. See all work by Megan Agnew.