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Meet the Team

  • Daniel Singleton

    National 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. As part of FaithAction’s mission of connecting government with grassroots organisations, Daniel also meets regularly with FaithAction member groups to help them develop in their social action.

    Daniel is a gifted speaker, particularly on the topics of how community groups can partner 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 a London secondary school and later as training and development manager for a large voluntary sector organisation in east London.

  • Jeremy Simmons

    Policy and Programme Officer

    Jeremy, as Policy and Programme Officer, aims to raise the voice of faith in policy making and gather evidence of local faith-based solutions. He also assists with FaithAction’s work for the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England, as well as the APPG for Faith and Society.

    Jeremy has a background in Theology, as well as Art History, and maintains an interest in art practice and the intersections between faith and culture – as well as good coffee.

  • Elspeth Paisley

    Head of Communications; Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham Manager; THIFF Manager

    Elspeth is FaithAction’s Head of Communications, with over 15 years’ experience in project management and strategy in charity communications.

    Elspeth’s background is in the creative industries. She is a former textile designer and business entrepreneur who worked with top designers in the fashion industry. Her primary passion though is to make a lasting difference to individuals and communities, and this was the driver behind her career change 20 years ago. She now focuses on maximising the different methods of communication to highlight and profile messages of hope that bring solutions to people and policy. Elspeth is experienced in project and event management, social media, graphic design, marketing, PR and media. She also manages the Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum contracts for FaithAction.

    Elspeth is married with two grown up children; family life is very important to her and downtime is mainly spent with family and friends. She is also a trustee of Dagenham-based charity, Community Resources, and co-founder of social enterprise The Corner Coffee House.

  • Dr Anne Smith

    Creative English Lead 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.

  • Martin Smith

    Project Manager

    Martin has worked for FaithAction and its parent organisation Lifeline Projects for over 6 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.

    He has previously spent 4 years working in Mozambique as an aide development worker and speaks Portuguese.

    Other interesting notes are that he is an ex-professional photographer, he loves fishing, golf and generally collecting hobbies!

  • Matthew Allen

    Project Officer

  • Andrew Welsby

    Administrator and Projects Secretariat

  • Jenny Hadgraft

    Project Administrator

    Before having three daughters, Jenny worked for a health insurance company. Full time mum until 2013, she went back to college and completed a degree in English Language and Communication. 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 FaithAction as she wanted to be involved in an organisation that is focused on providing solutions for local people. Jenny provides the secretariat for one of FaithAction’s projects THIFF, the Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum. Jenny also supports other projects such as Connected Communities and our work with the Department of Health. In her spare time Jenny loves spending time with family, reading and exercising.