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Janet Solla, Director – Learning
BA (Hons) Business Studies; Msc Strategic Management

Janet is a founder member of the Community Health and Learning Foundation. Before taking up her present post Janet was the Policy and Delivery Manager for the Health and Well-being team in ContinYou. She managed the health and well-being projects, including the second phase of Skilled for Health (SfH).  Prior to this she was a director of Sport Active Ltd, one of the organisations taking part in the 1st pilot phase of SfH. She has worked extensively in the private sector as a manager and then in the education sector as a University lecturer and course leader in Business Studies. Her other interests are in adult and community learning and health and well being, which has helped shape her commitment to exploring ways in which traditionally disadvantaged individuals and communities can make informed decisions about their own and their families health and wellbeing.

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.
Helen Carter, Consultant
Helen has 20 years’ experience in the Public Sector, and has set-up ‘Multi Agency Problem Solving Teams’ to tackle problematic issues and themes working in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in North West England. Helen has also led on the NW Ageing Population Forum, working alongside colleagues from Public Health to develop innovative ways to prepare services in the Public, Private and Third Sector for an increasing ageing population.

Melissa Frater, Delivery Manager
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
Kerry Shelton, Administrator
Kerry Shelton is CHLF’s administrator.   She has recently returned to work following a period as a full time mother. Prior to this she worked in the Private sector and for a Housing association which supported Asylum seekers and refugees. In addition to her work with CHLF, she volunteers as a be-friender with the Alzheimer’s society.
 
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. 

Jacqueline Neal, Community Engagement Coordinator
Jackie is our community engagement officer, she spends much of her time in community settings, meeting individuals and raising awareness of the importance of health literacy on ground level. Jackie delivers on “Let’s Just Cook”  and “Skilled for Health” courses She has a wealth of experience in running groups for under 5s and has a Preschool Playground Alliance Diploma.

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 Support 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.
Caitlin McReynolds – Tutor
Having worked in industry since attending university at Nottingham Trent, 7 years ago Caitlin realised her dream of being an educator, 7 years ago on a Marine Conservation and Ecology project in Santa Barbara California. On her return to the UK she successfully completed a PGCE and began teaching on various projects for FE colleges, schools and not for profit organisations across all levels.  She qualified 2 years ago as a mindfulness practitioner and has trained many others in the practice since.

Anji Wray, Associate Tutor
MA Information Science; PG Cert. Social Sciences

Anji worked for 25 years for a multinational Health Care/Pharma company. She line managed upwards of 25 team members; specifically developing, coaching, counselling, training, mentoring and performance managing them to be in the best position to deliver both personal and corporate objectives. She also ran team building events for cross cultural groups and management teams as well as  ‘pop-up’ teams in times of change and restructuring.   

Anji represented the company in the local community via the company’s sponsorship team and personal involvement, helping put together and implement its ‘Corporate Responsibility and Reputation’ strategy and  deciding on the funding and sponsorship of various community efforts and events. As a qualified counsellor Anji has worked voluntarily for The Quetzal Project; counselling adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She also voluntarily prepares CVs, job applications and advises on interview technique to people from all walks of life to ensure confident job-readiness. Anji is a PRINCE2 APMG Registered Practioner (Project Management) and an INLPTA certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (using a strengths-based approach to management, communication, motivation and personal development). Anji joined CHLF as an Associate Tutor to deliver the ‘Skilled for Health’ training as well as supporting our engagement activities.

Chris McKain, Company Secretary
BSc Economics and Finance; Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

After graduating from the University of York with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance, Chris trained to become a Chartered Accountant. Chris is currently employed as an Audit Senior in an international accountancy firm. Chris has a wide variety of experience in audit, tax, book-keeping, accounts preparation and statutory work. Chris has also held multiple secretarial roles for an international charitable organisation.


Penny Lamb, Associate Policy Adviser
Penny has worked for 25 years in the adult learning and skills sector.  Her most recent roles have been national policy positions as a senior policy consultant at the Local Goverment Association and Head of Policy Development at the National Institution of Continuing Adult Education (NIACE).  Prior to this she spent 5 years as a Lead Inspector for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and as a best value inspector for the Audit Commission. She has managed learning and skills provision in a variety of settings including a local authority adult learning service and  in a further education college. Prior to this, she managed a community network and has worked in local government as a front line advice and welfare rights worker.  Penny has written and presented widely on the impact of effective learning and skills in communities and families to address inequality and provide social return on investment.

Carol Hayden
B.Soc.Sci. (Joint Hons.) Economics and Statistics; MA Economics
Carol is our research associate. She has a wealth of experience in the research and evaluation of public services from her previous roles in government and academia and work with national charities and other VCS organisations. She has a particular interest and experience in using community health delivery and evaluation to empower people from vulnerable and/or low income groups and enable the statutory and voluntary sectors to work together to provide services that meet local needs. Carol specialises in using a ‘Theory of Change’ approach to determine impact and learning about ‘what works’ in complex community evaluations.  She is currently working with us to support a self-evaluation of Coventry’s Cook and Eat Well’ programme. As a Director at Shared Intelligence from 2005 to 2014, Carol led the national evaluation of Skilled for Health (with the Tavistock Institute), undertook several pieces of research and evaluation for Macmillan Cancer Support and RNIB, carried out a Long Term Conditions Needs Assessment for Southend-on-Sea and evaluated the Healthy Eating for Young Children (HEY!) programme for Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition.

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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