Chair of Trustees

Alan Maryon-Davis FFPH FRCP HonFRCGP
Honorary Professor of Public Health, Kings College London

Alan has over 40 years experience in preventive medicine, health promotion and health policy at national and local level. As former head of health sciences at the Health Education Council he was involved in many national campaigns, including infant nutrition, child accidents and passive smoking. More recently he spearheaded local approaches to reducing health inequalities as former director of public health for the London borough of Southwark.

Alan has been a member of several national taskforces and has chaired a number of guideline committees for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is a trustee of four national charities including chair of Alcohol Research UK.

Previously he has served as vice-chair of the UK Health Forum, chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and president of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

A frequent writer and broadcaster on health matters, Alan has a strong interest in harnessing the power of the media to help people achieve better health and wellbeing for themselves, their families and their communities. 

Janet MF Fyle MA, RN, RM 
Professional Adviser, Royal College of Midwives

Janet is a British Sierra Leonean. She has three children and has worked for many years in the NHS and on influencing key national and international policies in relation to maternal and child health, poverty and inequality and gender issues. Janet is a Registered Practising Midwife, a Registered Nurse and the Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and was awarded an MBE in June 2015 by HM Queen Elizabeth for work on Ending FGM.

Janet is the current chair of the Mary Seacole Steering Committee, which offers scholarship in the name of the Pioneer Nurse – Mary Seacole - to people who work in the UK National Health Service to enable them to undertake specific projects that impacts positively on the health of patients from BAME communities and in the process develop leadership skills. She has served on international boards and as an Adviser to the Desert Flower Foundation and anti FGM charity.  Janet has a breadth of experience in healthcare, public health and health policy issues and works with a variety of stakeholders and provide expert advice to the UK government and other EU institutions as appropriate, NGOs and professional bodies to lobby and campaign for change in the interest of disadvantaged groups and women and children.

Janet is an advocate for improving maternal and child health and the mental and physical well-being of women and girls.  She has, over many years, played a leading role in national campaigns, advocating for services for women with pregnancy related mental illness, for the protection of children from abuse and exploitation, campaigning to end Human Trafficking and significantly Ending Violence and Abuse against Women and Girls. Her recent collaborative work was the development of the Intercollegiate Recommendations for Identifying Recording and Reporting FGM, which was a catalyst for change on how we view Female Genital Mutilation – FGM: it laid the foundation for the UK government's policy recommendations and action for Ending FGM in the UK and in some of the countries where FGM is practised. Janet is actively involved in campaigns and works for improved care and treatment for Asylum Seekers, women in prisons and for action to end Child Marriage, Forced Marriages, Honour based violence and issues relating to gender inequalities. She is a coach and mentor to many campaigners and health professionals – helping them to find their voices and Janet actively participates in and challenges those discussions and practices which impact us all, both within the public and development sector.

David Boyd
Solicitor 

David has spent more than fifteen years advising charities as a solicitor at a City law firm, then as a senior lawyer at the Charity Commission, and now as Head of Legal at a large educational charity. David has helped charities of all shapes and sizes through their various life cycle events, and assisted in the birth of Best Beginnings by delivering its governing documents.

Before life as a charity lawyer, David got a masters degree in sustainable development and worked on environmental policy at the European Commission. But David’s real vocation is being a father to three children, which is why he is committed to the great work of Best Beginnings.

Eileen Hayes MBE, BSc, MSc
Author & Parenting Advisor

Eileen Hayes MBE (services to children and families) is a mother of four, author, magazine columnist, qualified family counsellor and frequent broadcaster on TV and radio. Her background includes degrees in psychology and health education, teaching, health promotion and research.

As Parenting advisor to the NSPCC, over many years she worked on major campaigns such as Full Stop and Protecting Babies and wrote a wide range of their parenting publications, including Baby's First YearHandle with Care and Encouraging Better Behaviour as well as carrying out a great deal of their media response work on family issues.

Eileen has published several books on childcare, including Understanding Your BabyUnderstanding Your ToddlerCrying, Tantrums, and Crying and Comforting. A regular contributor to the media on family topics, on programmes like The Wright Stuff and Woman’s Hour, Eileen has also made several series of Practical Parenting tips for Living Channel, and presented a parenting slot on BBC series A Family of My Own and Everyone’s Got One. 

She was Editor-in-Chief of Your Family magazine and website for five years, is parenting expert on www.bbc.co.uk/parenting and www.gurgle.com, and Parenting Consultant to Bounty who deliver publications to all new mothers in the UK. Eileen's current responsibilities include being Chair of the Media and Cultural Change group for the Early Years Champions group, Patron of Parenting UK (of which she was a founder member and Vice-Chair), trustee of Brazleton Centre in the UK, member of the Government sub-group on public education for the early years, and Ambassador for Deaf Parenting UK.

Treasurer

Andrew Harris 
Chartered Accountant

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of leadership roles within multi-national corporate environments. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Economics, he completed his accountancy qualification with Deloitte & Touche. Andrew has undertaken a number of Chief Financial Officer roles, working in the UK, Europe & the USA. Andrew is married with two children.

Obi Amadi
Lead Professional Officer

Obi Amadi is Lead Professional Officer for Unite the Union Health Sector which incorporates all professional groups including the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association. 

She is a trained nurse, midwife, health visitor and nurse practitioner, leaving clinical posts to work as a locality manager in two London Healthcare Trusts before starting her current post.

Her role involves supporting professional activity across the UK, taking the strategic lead on professional issues, working with Government on policy development and supporting our industrial relations and campaigning activity.

She is passionate about reducing inequalities in health and the promotion of the diversity agenda. She is a member of the Mary Seacole Award Steering Group and in 2013 she was made a Mary Seacole Statute Appeal Ambassador. “We all have a vital role to play in shaping and delivering health improvement to our population and our organisation is committed to support practitioners to do this”

Philip Nelson, Vice Chair
Director, Board Appointments at Career Volunteer (Charity People) 

A graduate in economics, Philip works as a senior executive search consultant supporting some of the UK’s leading charities including ActionAid UK, the Big Lottery Fund (England Committee), Sue Ryder, UnLtd and Volunteering Matters with the appointment of chairs and trustees.

His day job also now crosses over into his commitments outside work where he currently serves as Chair of the 7/7 Memorial Trust, a charity which he helped to found and where he played a pivotal role in the organisation of the two official commemorations for the 10th anniversary in 2015 and as a trustee of Coram's Fields, a children's charity in Camden. Philip has also previously served as a trustee of the Crime Prevention Panel and as a community governor at a primary school in King's Cross.

Philip also supports Britain's musical talent in his role as an Angel at Awards for Young Musicians.

Nadia Gabbie
PR and Communications Expert

Nadia is a highly experienced PR and Communications expert with a career spanning 25 years, who currently provides strategic communications advice in an in-house capacity to a range of consumer-facing technology businesses.

Nadia has founded her own PR agency and led teams in large networked and global agencies over her career. During this time she has represented a wide range of consumer-facing brands, from retail to family entertainment, and from sport to travel.

Nadia's focus is on helping brands and organisations to protect their reputations. In this capacity she is an expert in crisis communications as well as in proactive and creative consumer campaign development and delivery. Her specialist expertise is in joining the lines between public relations and social media, and developing strategic plans to help brand storytelling.

A mother to three sons and married to a gynaecologist, Nadia also has a particulr passion for Best Beginnings' vision to achieve an equal start in life for all.

Alongside Best Beginings, Nadia works in an advisory capacity for First Story, a charity which encourages an champions literacy in childen by providing creative off-curriculum writing workings in low-income area schools.

Andrew Earnshaw
Digital Health Consultant

Andrew Earnshaw is a technology consultant who delivers projects that improve health and social care. He has over a decade of experience in developing technology solutions for healthcare organisations in the UK, USA and Europe.

Andrew's recent projects have included improving the use of IT in a number of NHS trusts, connecting volunteers to health research, improving access to healthcare for rural populations in the USA, and supporting an IT programme to improve the health of babies in England. He has also supported the mobile telecommunications industry to adopt mobile health solutions.

Having recently become a father, Andrew has a real passion for making Best Beginnings a success.

Dr Ann Hoskins, MB MCh BAO, MCommH, FFPH
Independent Public Health Consultant

Ann has over 30 years’ experience working in public health in the UK and in the Republic of Yemen. She has successfully led innovations in health strategy, policy development and programme implementation to improve health and service delivery. She has local, regional and national senior leadership experience with Public Health England, Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing: Healthy People; NHS North West Strategic Health Authority, Director Children, Young People and Maternity; and Manchester and Wirral Health Authorities, Director of Public Health.  

She has a career-long commitment to improve socio-economic opportunities by reducing health inequalities and is passionate about the importance of early years development for future life chances. 

Ann previously was a member of the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee for eight years at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  

She was also a member of the Board of Trustees for Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) until 2015, and continues her interest in maternal and child care overseas by her membership of the External Advisory Group, Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health also at the LSTM. 

Ann is currently a member of Centre for Policy Research Population, Policy and Practice Advisory group, University College London, Institute of Child Health.