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.

Journalism student looking for training, hands-on experience and bylines? Find out more about our three month, paid internships.

Current staff

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 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.

Natasha Shah, Patrons and Partners, Roman Road LDN

Natasha Shah


March 2020 to present

Natasha believes in the power of community in London’s diverse city. Together with her passion for East London life and markets, and her experience helping business and brands she is looking after our Patrons and Partners. After a decade as a business owner and a creative director of a branding agency, Natasha is doing a MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS. Natasha is an artist and volunteer at Southall Black Sisters.

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.

Frankie Lister-Fell


February 2019 to present

Francesca graduated in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh in 2019. Since then, she did a short stint in Marketing, before returning to her main passion: storytelling. During her studies, she was an Editor of Edinburgh’s student newspaper and interned at the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva. She is interested in writing, community development and particularly the intersection of culture across local spaces’ See all work by Francesca Lister-Fell .

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.

Scarlet Hannington


November 2019 to February 2020

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. Currently a freelance writer. See all work by Scarlet Hannington .

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

Dominika Kubinyova


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.