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 and Founder of the Creative English programme. In this role, she writes session plans and materials, trains facilitators and supports those delivering Creative English. She is responsible for developments of the Creative English programme, including variations to support Health Professionals and Creative English: Family Learning.
Anne created the Creative English 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. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on facilitating belonging. Recent conferences include University of Manchester, University of Cork and New York University. She has published extensively on facilitation techniques, language education and building community. Some of her publications can be accessed via this website. As a researcher, she is passionate about identifying and disseminating good practice.
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
Martin has worked for FaithAction and its parent organisation Lifeline Projects for over 5 years and has held numerous roles, including Project Manager, Project Delivery Officer and Data and Technical Support Officer. His background is IT Management, holding an MCSE, ITIL foundation cert and Prince 2 project management qualifications.
Martin currently works part-time as a professional photographer, specialising in all types of people photography (especially weddings and portraits).
He has previously spent 4 years working in Mozambique as an aide development worker and speaks Portuguese.
Other interesting notes are that he is a qualified drone operator and aerial photographer, loves fishing, golf and generally collecting hobbies!
Heather RatnarajahTeam Coordinator
Heather Ratnarajah is Team Coordinator for the whole team at FaithAction. She ensures good communication and understanding amongst the various sub-teams regarding current workload and availability. She acts as administrative support for all ongoing projects, with particular focus on the Creative English programme. She also acts as support and a point of connection for the numerous Creative English hubs across the UK, ensuring they have everything they require to run classes effectively. She is part of the team acting as Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society and enjoys the work they do organising important meetings and events at Westminster.
Heather is also a professionally trained opera singer and has enjoyed a career singing with the Scottish national opera company, among others. She still sings professionally and can be heard at friends’ weddings and parties across the UK.
Jenny HadgraftProject Administrator
Before having three daughters, Jenny worked for a health insurance company. A stay-at-home mum until 2013, she went back to college and completed a degree. Afterwards, she began volunteering with the National Autistic Society, which lead to a temporary position within the Care and Support Alliance as a policy and campaigns assistant. Finally, she joined the administration team here at FaithActon.
Georgia AdkinsProject Administrator
Georgia is a Project Administrator for FaithAction. A member of Lifeline Church, Georgia started off as a summer intern for FaithAction, which then, to her surprise, turned itself into a full job. Prior to this, she was fulfilling her passion for history as a first year student, studying History and Politics at the University of Greenwich. Her love for history can be seen throughout her volunteering work for the Holocaust Educational Trust, where she has been a guest speaker in City Hall, the Home Office and the Houses of Parliament. Besides history, Georgia loves music, dogs, spending time with her best friends, cars and, of course, food.