Meet the team

Nathalie McDermott, Founder

Nathalie at Undoc camp

Nathalie set up On Road in 2008.

With a background in radio production at the BBC, she joined Media for Development in 2003 to set up the Prison Radio Outreach Project (PROP) and train the prisoner production team at HMP Wandsworth in London before becoming a fellow at The School for Social Entrepreneurs to set up On Road.

She reckons she has trained over a thousand people (journalists, community groups, charities) in places like London, Dublin, Khartoum and Kathmandu.

But, by far, her favourite part of working with On Road is getting to know the groups she works with and co-designing useful projects that move things forward for the better.

She read literature at Trinity College Dublin and has an MA in International Journalism from City University London. She grew up in Dublin and Brussels and has lived in London for over 10 years.

You can contact her at or follow @natmc on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Alana Avery, Project Manager

Alana joined On Road Media in October 2011. She is currently delivering All About Trans: a ground-breaking project that has changed how the UK media reports and represents transgender people. She co-ordinated the Vote for Policies media campaign during the UK general election and co-organised the Clear Lines Festival, which On Road sponsored, opening up a space to talk about sexual assault, abuse and consent. She has also delivered digital media workshops to help charities and vulnerable clients to produce online videos and podcasts.

Alana at the All About Trans London Social

Alana at the All About Trans London Social

With a background in media, having worked for RTÉ, TG4 and BBC NI as a researcher and production co-ordinator since 2002, she has a BA in Media Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology and an MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural from SOAS. She directed several short independent documentaries for film festivals and NGOs, which often focused on the stories of marginalised communities across Palestine, the Basque Country and Ireland. She has also voluntarily supported not-for-profit organisations such as Our Sansar and the London Palestine Film Festival.

Fluent in Irish, she grew up in Ireland but spent her toddler years in America and England and is now based in London.

You can contact her at, or follow @avery_alana on Twitter.  

Philippa King

Philippa King, Development Manager

Philippa joined On Road in October 2016. She has worked in fundraising and communications for local, national and international charities for over 20 years.

In the last two years she has been developing a second career in art and works part time at On Road while developing her practice. Follow her Instagram account to find out more about and see examples of her art: @philippa.king

Philippa comes from London, went to university in Reading and taught English for five years in North Africa. She is chair of a Multi-Academy Trust in East London.

You can contact her at

Jamie Pallas, Freelance Communications Assistant

Jamie at the Vote for Policies launch

Jamie began working with On Road as a freelancer in 2012 when he volunteered to live-tweet All About Trans’ Trans Camp at Channel 4. In 2013 he facilitated the first All About Trans media interaction with BBC producers at the London Aquarium and since then has provided freelance social media support for various On Road projects such as Vote for Policies and Digital Undoc.

Having previously trained in the picture industry and co-founding The Test Shot, Jamie also works part-time in Communications for a trans youth organisation in London and is a part-time Admin Assistant for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also runs live social media coverage at cultural events. In 2013-14, he spent eight months in Pakistan running small sandwich business.

Follow him on Twitter @jamiepanic.

Kate Llewellyn, Project Coordinator

Kate Llewellyn

Kate at the BBC Newsnight interaction

Kate joined On Road in September 2015. She heard about On Road through her involvement with the Clear Lines Festival, where she was the volunteer co-ordinator, and she is supporting the team on various projects.

After studying a BA in History and an MA in Modern European History from UEA in Norwich, Kate moved to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina to volunteer with feminist and rape charities. She continued working with these groups after her return, volunteering with the East Kent Rape Line until her move to London.

You can contact Kate at and follow her @k8llewell or @OnRoadMedia on Twitter. 

Mike Gandon, Trainer & Producer

Mike is a freelance trainer and producer for On Road. He was a BBC editor for 10 years and formerly headed the radio module on the international journalism course at City University.

Mike is responsible for co-designing our podcasting courses and providing his production prowess for audio documentaries we’ve made for the BBC and Channel 4.

You can contact him at 

Daniele Fisichella, Trainer

Daniele is a freelance trainer for On Road. He is a journalist and radio producer and an expert in community radio. He was Station Manager for Peterborough Community Radio, training  more than 300 volunteers, mostly made up of young NEET (not in training or education) as well as adults from marginalised groups like the Gypsy and Traveller community.

He is a truly “Italian-londoner” who loves to cook well and in good quantities!

You can contact him at or follow @dfisi on Twitter.