Meet the team

Meet the Better Start Bradford family

Meet our Better Start Bradford ‘core’ team below. You can also find out about:

Contact Better Start Bradford

Our main number is 01274 723146.
You can also get in touch by emailing us, or using our contact form.

Our team:

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Michaela Howell

Programme Director

Email Michaela Howell

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Gill Thornton

Programme ManagerHead of Programme

Email Gill Thornton

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Shaista Ahmed

Finance Manager

Email Shaista Ahmed

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Zahra Niazi

Programme Coordinator

Email Zahra Niazi

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Jill Duffy

Implementation Manager

Email Jill Duffy

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Fareeaa Moughal

Administrator (admin & finance)

Email Fareeaa Moughal

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Guy Dove

Administrator (governance)

Email Guy Dove

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Jo Bird

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Email Jo Bird

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Zakra Yasin

Workforce Coordinator

Email Zakra Yasin

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Johanna Mawson

Better Place Capital Project Manager

Email Johanna Mawson

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Michelle Thompson

Communications and Engagement Manager

Email Michelle Thompson

Our family and community engagement team:

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Humera Khan

Barkerend & Undercliffe

Email Humera Khan

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Abida Rafiq

Bradford Moor & West Bowling

Email Abida Rafiq

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Sally Teasdale

BD4 & Little Horton

Email Sally Teasdale

Our programme facilitators:

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Ian Thorpe

'Babies and bonding' projects

Email Ian Thorpe

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Heather Fawcett-Jones

'Eat, live, love' projects

Email Heather Fawcett-Jones

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Nicola Hancock

'Loving language' projects

Email Nicola Hancock

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Fiona Saville

'Bump start your baby' projects

Email Fiona Saville

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Bal Dosanjh

'Falling in love with your baby' projects

Email Bal Dosanjh

Our specialists:

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Jo Howes

Programme Change Manager

Email Jo Howes

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Helen Hall

Early Years Specialist

Email Helen Hall

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Rachel Wild

Specialist Midwif

Email Rachel Wild

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Alison Brown

Specialist Midwif

Email Alison Brown

Our partners

Better Start Bradford is a partnership programme, so our core team works closely with our board and delivery partners.

Find out more about our partners