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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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Tara Poore

Director

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Dr Nia Thomas

Assistant Director

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Julie Lannon

Programme Manager (Direct Delivery)

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Dr Clare Littleford

Research and Evaluation Manager

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Laura Burke

Operations Manager

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Rhiannon Jones

Communications and Marketing Manager

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Stephanie Farr

Specialist Consultant (Safeguarding and Quality Assurance)

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Zoe Hill

Project Manager

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Nicky Ficken

Project Manager

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Carolyn Smith

Project Manager

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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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Ella Greaves-King

Contracts and Compliance Lead

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Susannah Flood

PA to SPT team

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Emma Swan

Governance Officer

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Rosemary Ersser

Finance Officer

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Cheryl Greenway

Project Support Officer

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Natalie Taylor

Assistant Project Manager

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Melanie Larke

Communications and Marketing Officer

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Sophie Honeyman

Communications and Marketing Assistant

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Jem Hai

Research Apprentice

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Ruth Watts

Contracts Administrator

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Chirsty Aggas

Business Support Administrator

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Sarah Richer

Community Hub Coordinator

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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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Erin Brennan-Douglas

Senior Public Health Principal

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Richard Warren

Senior Data & Performance Analyst

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Gary Stroud

Data and Performance Analyst

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Professor Vicky Joffe

Professor of Speech and Language Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

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Dr Aaron Wyllie

Lecturer and Programme Lead, Division of Social Justice, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex Co-Principal Investigator, ABSS

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Kathryn Chard

Senior Research Officer, University of Essex Co-Principal Investigator, ABSS

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