Meet the Team
Daniel SingletonNational Executive Director
Daniel Singleton has been the National Executive Director of FaithAction since 2007. In this role Daniel has become influential in a number of government departments, highlighting the significant part that faith-based organisations are playing in communities around the UK. Daniel also meets regularly with FaithAction member organisations to help them move forward and develop in their delivery.
Daniel is a gifted speaker and has addressed a number of large conferences, in particular on how community groups can engage with government, the role of faith in local services, and how to engage the community in local action.
Before his work with FaithAction, Daniel worked as a history teacher in an east London secondary school and later as Training and Development manager for a large voluntary sector organisation in east London. Daniel is also chair of governors for a number of schools, and is Principal of an alternative school run by LifeLine Community Projects, FaithAction’s host organisation in Barking and Dagenham.
Rodie GarlandPolicy Adviser
Rodie is FaithAction’s Policy Advisor. She leads on parts of FaithAction’s programme of work for the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England – especially on our Faith and Public Health research and on Friendly Places. She also works on our FaithLab initiative to collect evidence of good and innovative practice from faith groups in addressing social problems.
Previously, Rodie worked as a researcher on education and social policy, and she holds a Master’s degree in Policy Studies in Education. Before this, she studied Russian and worked as a translator. She enjoys ‘entertaining’ the neighbours with her trombone playing.
Dr Anne SmithLead Trainer
Dr Anne Smith is the Lead Trainer on the Creative English. In this role, she writes Creative English session plans and materials, trains Creative English facilitators and supports those delivering the course. She also runs her own Creative English group in Redbridge.
Anne, the brains behind Creative English, created the programme after seven years of research with refugees and migrants, exploring how approaches to drama-based learning could build community and increase participants’ sense of belonging. This resulted in her being awarded a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in 2013. She has more than twenty years of experience in the formal and informal education sector, as a teacher and workshop facilitator in schools, universities and community settings.
Tambi MatowanyikaPartnership Manager
Tambi is Partnership Manager for the Creative English programme and will be working closely with all the programme partners as well as taking responsibility for the FaithAction admin team.
Tambi has previously worked in banking as a relationship manager, in adult education as an English teacher, and the agricultural sector as a sheep breeder. He loves to travel (and has lived on four different continents!), ramen noodles, and Japanese anime.
Charlie Murrell-EdwardsCreative English Trainer
As Creative English Trainer at FaithAction, Charlie trains and supports Hub volunteers across London, the North and the Midlands in their delivery of the Creative English course, as well as running her own group in Redbridge. Before she joined FaithAction, Charlie worked in a number of education and theatre-related roles. She has worked for the Theatre in Education company ACLE, delivering their play-based English courses to children across Italy. Before this, Charlie was a Learning Support Assistant in a PRU for primary-aged children in South Devon. She has also taught English as a Foreign Language, and spent two years working for the London and Manchester-based mentoring charity ReachOut, first as a volunteer mentor on a project in a Tower Hamlets primary school and then as a Project Leader.
Charlie is also a volunteer travel writer for the online travel publication Exploration Online. She enjoys yoga, knitting and anything remotely travel related. When she’s not working or writing, Charlie can be found enthusiastically planning her next adventure, knitting bobbly jumpers, attempting to master the Crow pose, or agonising over how to live a plastic-free life.
Martin SmithData and Technical Support
Heather RatnarajahTeam Coordinator
Emily YillahProject Administrator
Jane SpiteriProject Administrator