The Team

Over 40 people contribute towards ActEarly and its projects including theme leads, co-investigators, research fellows, directors and the project team.


Local Authority ActEarly Leads

Ruth Davison

Head of Policy and Performance, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Sarah Muckle

Director of Public Health, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Somen Banerjee

Director of Public Health, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Theme Leads

Maria Bryant

Evaluation Group & Food and Healthy Weight Lead


Naomi Mead

Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Bromley by Bow Centre

Research Fellows

Rachel Benchekroun

Sociologist and Ethnographer, Healthy Livelihoods

Pratima Singh

Community Engagement and Research Assistant

Natalia Concha

Research Fellow (Qualitative), Food and Healthy Weight

Meredith Hawking

Research Fellow, Healthy Food and Weight

Project Team

Local Authority Research Support

Simon Twite

Research Support, Tower Hamlets Council

What We Do

In each of these areas, we are working with local communities, local authorities and other national organisations to understand how we can help families live healthier and more active lives.

Want to Contact The Team?

Want to find out more about Act Early and our work? Email us to ask questions, find out about volunteering or share your ideas.