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A Better Start Southend

Our team

A Better Start Southend is proud to have an expert team with backgrounds ranging from early years practice to health, education and social care. The team covers project and programme management, business support, research and evaluation, marketing and communications, and a dedicated crèche service. Additional expertise is provided by partners including specialist public health expertise and data analytics. All are committed to working alongside parents and the community, our partners and providers, to ensure Southend-on-Sea is the best place in the country to bring up a child and be a parent.

Alex Khaldi

A Better Start Southend Independent Chair

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Jeff Banks


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Stephanie Farr

Assistant Director

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Position vacant

Programme Manager

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Julie Lannon

Programme Manager (Your Family)

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Dr Clare Littleford

Research and Evaluation Manager

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Deborah Auty

Strategic Communications and Development Lead

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Dawn Harvey

Business Support Manager

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Brooke Littlejohn

Project Manager (Social and Emotional Workstream)

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Position vacant

Project Manager (Diet and Nutrition Workstream)

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Carolyn Smith

Project Manager (Engagement and Co-production)

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Ella Greaves-King

Contracts and Compliance Lead

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Arifa Shakeel

Project Support Officer

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Amy Wood

Project Support Officer

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Rhiannon Jones

Communications and Marketing Officer

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Dimitra Magkafa


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Zoe Hill

Governance Officer

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Rosemary Ersser

Finance Officer

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Laura Burke

Personal Assistant to the Director and Senior Programme Team

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Chirsty Aggas

Business Support Administrator (currently on maternity leave)

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Emma Swan

Business Support Administrator

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Indirani Viknaraja

Information Governance Specialist Consultant

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Lynsey Weston

Specialist Early Years Teacher/Communication and Language Advisor

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Sian Ansell

Specialist Early Years Teacher/Communication and Language Advisor

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Jessica Russell

Co-production Champion

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Sabrina Kerr

Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced

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Erin Brennan-Douglas

Senior Public Health Principal

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Richard Warren

Senior Data & Performance Analyst

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Tom Dowler

Group Manager, Operational Performance and Intelligence team

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Vasilios Ioakimidis

Director, Centre for Social Work & Social Justice School of Health and Social Care

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Gregory White

Senior Research Officer, University of Essex

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Kathryn Chard

Senior Research Office, University of Essex

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Kayleigh Churchman

Crèche Services Supervisor

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Samantha Tower

Crèche Worker

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Clare Sharratt

Crèche Worker

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Ileana Tait

Crèche Worker

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Lauraine Hurst

Crèche Worker

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