Claire Phillips, General Manager



Claire joined Headway East Northants in December of 2014, having previously worked for the Home Start charity. Claire is now General Manager here at our Irthlingborough premises.


To contact Claire, please call 01933 652311 or click here to email her on



Jonny Tudor, Deputy Manager



Jonny is the Deputy Manager here at Headway East Northants, having previously worked here in both Volunteer and Facilitator roles. 


To contact Jonny, please call on 01933 652311 or email him here at

Lynne Dale, Finance Officer



Lynne is our Finance Officer here at  Headway East Northants, and has been part of the team since July 2011. In her spare time, Lynne is a huge fan of ceroc dancing, and also sings in a local choir. 


Becky Lake, Admin & Fundraising Coordinator 




Becky joined Headway East Northants in May 2018 and works with the team organising day to day administration, fundraising and Virgin London Marathon enquiries.


To contact Becky, please call 01933 652311 or email her here at



Freyja Montali, Client Facilitator


Freyja works here at our centre as Client Facilitator, leading, supporting and encouraging clients with a variety of activities, both as a group and on a 1-1 basis. Freyja is a highly skilled artist, art-therapist and musician, and brings these skills to the forefront with our clients. 


As a member herself of Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, Freyja leads a Ukulele Group every Tuesday here at the centre, and led the group to perform live at a fundraising concert. Freyja also leads our Peer Support Group session on Mondays.


Stuart White, Brain Injury Activity Facilitator












Stuart's story about his journey with Headway began at the age of 13, when he was knocked off of his bike by a car and was in a coma for nine days, experiencing head injury and severe memory problems. After a lot of hard work, Stuart's recovery has been excellent.


He began volunteering with us in August of 2013 and was so successful in his role, establishing such close and supportive relationships with our clients, that he was offered the role of Facilitator just two months later.


Stuart assists our clients with activities here at our centre, supporting and encouraging all he works with. Stuart also support clients with  outdoor walks and shopping trips to the High Street, ensuring that our clients are engaged and comfortable in the community.


To read more about Stuart's Story, please click here:


Ann Barlow, Brain Injury Activity Facilitator 




Ann first began her career with us here at Headway East Northants as a volunteer back in April 2015. In July the following year, she joined us as a regular staff member.


Ann assists with the rehabilitation of our clients who have suffered a brain injury and particularly enjoys supporting clients with cookery and baking sessions. Her drizzle cake is second to none! 



Sue Lockhart, Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator 



Sue first began her career with us as a volunteer back in December of 2015, Then in October 2017, she became a regular staff member in her current role.


Sue works with our clients both here at our Irthlingborough centre and also within the wider community. Sue specialises in one-to-one support, providing assistance and support to clients with domestic duties, shopping and appointments.


In her spare time, Sue enjoys the theatre, cookery, photography, crafts and DIY.



Janine Willis, Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator



Janine works with our clients both here at our Centre, and also within the community. During her time at our Centre, she leads both group and 1-1 cookery sessions, quizzes and bowling trips, and also provides emotional support within our Peer Group. In her community role, Janine supports our clients by assisting with medical appointments, domestic support, liaising with family members, and helping integrate our clients into the wider community via volunteer work.


Janine holds a BTEC and NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care, and specialises in working with adults with dementia, epilepsy and learning difficulties. She also holds a Food Handler certificate.



Michelle Barker,  Brain Injury Activity and Community Facilitator












Michelle joined Headway East Northants in October 2013 and works alongside our clients to support them during their time at Headway, particularly with cookery sessions, Scrabble games, stimulating quizzes and ever-popular trips out ten pin bowling in Wellingborough. 


In her spare time, Michelle enjoys swimming, cycling and the cinema. 



Maxine Cooper, Housekeeper













Maxine has been working at Headway East Northants since April 2012 and fulfills an important role in taking care of our Irthlingborough Centre, keeping everything clean, tidy and organised for staff and clients.  Maxine is a massive Lady Gaga fan!



Latest News

Amazing donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell!


We are thrilled to have received an incredible donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell, who has chosen to donate to us via his Empowerment Fund.


Councillor Powell was familiar with our work via Irthlingborough Town Council and got in touch to see how he could help. We spoke directly with our clients, asking for their input about any new purchases they could recommend to enhance our centre services. 


We were very excited to place an order for several brand new Meccano and Lego modelling kits, professional art supplies, historical DVD sets and even a karaoke machine at the request of our clients! 


We thank Councillor Powell sincerely for this wonderful donation to our centre! 




Wellingborough Golf Club chooses HEN as a charity to support over 2019!



We're delighted to announce that we've been chosen by Wellingborough Golf Club as one of two local charities the club wishes to support over 2019, the other being Wellibus! 


Chairperson, Sally McKeown, got in touch and invited Becky along to a fundraising bridge drive back in December, and then to the ladies' club prizegiving supper, where Becky was able to meet fellow members and chat a little more indepth about the services we provide here at Headway East Northants. 


The Club has lots of terrific events in the pipeline to help raise funds for us, including garden parties and a jazz afteroon in June, which we're told has ALREADY sold out! We are so grateful to the Club for selecting us to support in 2019, and look forward to working together. 



'Life After Brain Injury' conference, 20th June 2019


This conference, arranged by ABIF Northants, will be held at Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering and will cover working/driving after brain injury, social benefits, and bringing young people together


Guest speakers will include experienced professionals and survivors who will share their personal journeys. 


To book, please visit 'Latest News' at to download and complete a booking form which can then be emailed to