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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 an influential advocate for faith in a number of government departments, highlighting the significant contribution of faith-based organisations to communities across the UK. As part of FaithAction’s mission to connect government with grassroots organisations, Daniel also meets regularly with FaithAction member groups to help them develop in their social action.

    Daniel is a sought-after speaker on such topics as the role of faith in local services, how community groups can partner with government, and how to engage the community in local action. As a member of the UK Government's Places of Worship Taskforce, Daniel is playing a key role advising government and helping faith leaders navigate COVID-19, lockdown and recovery.

    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.

  • 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!

  • Matt Allen

    Project Officer

    Matt plays an important role in FaithAction's efforts to advocate for faith communities and the value they add to society. He was central in coordinating our COVID-Response project and continues to gather and collate concerns and ideas from faith communities up and down the country. He also oversees FaithAction's work as Secretariat to the APPG on Faith and Society and works to support the propagation and health of Faith Covenants nationwide.

    Outside of the office, Matt is finishing up an MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe at the London School of Economics, where he has developed a particular interest in the intersection of religion, philosophy and culture. At home, he is enjoying learning to be a dad and finding excuses to collect more books.

  • Andrew Welsby

    Administrator and Projects Secretariat

    Andrew is one of FaithAction’s administrators, initially coming in to work on the Creative English programme, but has recently been involved in project managing our Community Champions Programme, directly recruting and working with our Community Champions. He was also involved in the Faith COVID Response Project, arranging focus groups and becoming the team’s go-to person on the places of worship guidance.

    He is also responsible for the administration of our Creative English licence programme, dealing with queries from licence holders. Andrew is involved in our Faith COVID Assistance Partnership, providing infection prevention supplies to places of worship in Tower Hamlets.

  • Charlie Murrell-Edwards

    Support Officer, Community Champions

    Charlie is Support Officer for FaithAction's Community Champions project.

    She was previously a Trainer for Creative English, where she trained 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.

  • Heather Ratnarajah

    Membership and Team Coordinator

    Heather is the Memership and Team Coordinator at FaithAction. She takes care of the CEO’s diary, arranging meetings and scheduling appointments. As a team coordinator, she ensures good communication and understanding amongst the various sub-teams regarding current workload and availability. She acts as administrative support for many ongoing projects, including being a 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 the lead on all things related to our members, from looking after our paid membership base to ensuring the team keep in touch with our members across the board.

    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 Hadgraft

    Project Assistant

    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 our work with the Department of Health. In her spare time, Jenny loves spending time with family, reading and exercising.

  • Atikur Khan

    Faith Engagement Officer, Faith COVID Assistance Project

    After graduating in Business Management, Atik has been working in the third sector for over five years. In his spare time, he volunteers with a local charity’s foodbank service, giving out food and drinks to homeless people. He is also a die-hard football enthusiast. Atik’s role involves supporting, engaging, and building relationships with faith settings in Tower Hamlets, and is the point of contact for faith settings arranging collection of supplies.