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.
Felicity SmithNational Co-ordinator
Felicity Smith, National Co-ordinator for FaithAction, is ‘Chief of Staff’ to Daniel Singleton, the National Executive Director. Felicity has a strong input into strategic development and oversees all programmes and contracts delivered by the FaithAction network, having developed close links with Government Departments. Felicity has worked on the Health and Social Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership programme since its inception in 2009 and has overseen two grant-funding programmes – which identified and funded faith-based organisations and groups to deliver effective initiatives at grassroots level for the Department of Communities and Local Government. FaithAction also established the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society in conjunction with Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP’s office, and Felicity pioneered this work.
Before joining the FaithAction team, Felicity worked as a youth development worker in Hackney, developing contacts with local schools and mapping programmes. Felicity has experience working as a Contract Supervisor for an ESF-funded contract in a pan-London third sector organisation as well as a legal secretary in central London. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of East London.
In her spare time, Felicity volunteers for her local hospital chairing an advisory group, working in partnership with Queen’s Hospital to improve maternity services for users and senior maternity staff. She also enjoys spending time with her family and watching The West Wing.
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.
Charlie Murrell-EdwardsCreative English Trainer
As Creative English Trainer at FaithAction, Charlie helps to train and support Hub volunteers across London and the North West in their delivery of the Creative English course, as well as running her own group in Dagenham.
Charlie is a graduate of English and Drama from Queen Mary University of London, where she specialised in Applied Performance. 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 worked 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. Her most recent role saw her return to Italy as a teacher of English as a second language.
Charlie is also a volunteer Section Editor (Oceania) for the online travel publication Exploration Online. She enjoys yoga, knitting and anything remotely travel related. When she’s not working, writing or editing, Charlie can be found enthusiastically planning her next adventure, knitting bobbly jumpers or attempting to master the Crow pose.
Anthony McKernanParnetship Manager
Anthony is the Partnership Manager for the Creative English Programme. Working closely with local partners, he is quick to share stories of the difference Creative English makes.
Anthony has worked in the faith and community sector for nearly 15 years as both a senior manager and marketer.
Anthony also has considerable research experience. He was the project manager for the Cinnamon Faith Action Audits – a national initiative that involved FaithAction as partners and found that faith groups deliver more than 3 billion of value to the economy each year.
Lis GutteridgeDeputy Partnership Manager
Emily YillahProject Administrator