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Maxine Dennis, Operations Manager
Max is working towards her Level 3 Award in Education and Training and was a Parental Engagement Worker for Home-Start (North West Leicestershire) before joining us in September 2014.  She works out in the community with adults and families and is currently delivering our Healthy Lifestyles sessions in conjunction with the North West Leicestershire Sure Start Children’s Centres.   Previously, Max had a 13 year career in insurance and was the Claims Manager for a large business consultancy company.


Melissa Frater, Project Officer
Melissa is employed as Community Engagement Officer for our Carers Health Champions project. With an extensive background in adult learning as a Tutor she has worked in the learning and skills sector for 16 years, initially with the National Autistic Society. More recently she has been employed as a Family Learning Tutor teaching, among other things, Family Health, Skills for Life,  ESOL and First Aid. As part of this role she has been involved in various NIACE and Ofsted good practice research projects exploring innovative new ways to learn. She is currently working on one such project exploring how Numeracy can be taught using health related content. Melissa has also worked for pupil referral units. In this role she had work with school aged children and young people who often had challenging social and behavioural issues

 
Helen Baker, Associate
BEd (Hons) in Education and French
Helen Baker was formerly a primary teacher, an adviser with the Lincolnshire Healthy Schools programme and the East Midlands Regional Development Manager for Pyramid. Helen took up a post as a national Project Manager for Skilled for Health in April 2008. She is an experienced trainer and project manager and her professional interests lie in the links between health and learning. 



Emma Van Dun - Delivery Officer
Emma is a delivery officer currently delivering Skilled for Health programmes. Emma studied Nutrition and Dietetics in The Netherlands and completed her Masters in Public Health Nutrition in Coventry University. This combination of nutrition and public health knowledge enables her to deliver current information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle to people from all ages and backgrounds. Emma has particular knowledge of food intolerances, such as gluten and lactose from previous work experiences. Additionally, she volunteers for Cook and Eat Well Coventry to support cooking sessions concerning healthy eating.

Sarah Ashton, Project Officer
Sarah has 10 years experience working within the NHS in administration/reception roles at Leicester Royal Infirmary and later a General Practice. She has also worked at large secondary school as a catering assistant for 10 years whilst parenting her two children. Sarah started with us in June 2016 as a Project Support Officer, and is involved with a variety of community programs at the Community Health and Learning Foundation and for Cook and Eat Well Coventry as a tutor.


Janet Flett BA (Hons) Education Postgraduate Certificate in Health Education and Promotion  
Janet was a secondary school teacher prior to becoming a Health Promotion Specialist She has worked in Public Health at national, regional and local level for many years. She was part of the team that devised and developed the National Healthy School programme and became one of its Regional Managers. She has a wealth of experience in training and project management, working with all ages from young children to the elderly and with all key stakeholders. She currently represents the East Midlands on the National Health Education Group and is adviser with the Personal Social and Health Education Association
 
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