Claire Phillips, General Manager



Claire joined Headway East Northants in December of 2014, having previously worked for the Surestart 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



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


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. 



Kate Lewis, B Sc (Hons), Brain Injury Activity Facilitator




Kate joined Headway in 2017. As well as being a former health care professional and adult education tutor, Kate also has experience working with clients with special needs, and also on a one-to-one basis within the community. Kate works to lead, support and encourage our clients in Headway activities, including cognitive sessions, quizzes, cookery, discussions or creative work.


Kate holds a Therapeutic Art diploma which includes mixed media and photography, and she enjoys encouraging personal expression through singing, talking and art therapies. Kate is also a keen and talented amateur photographer in her spare time. 


Janine Willis, 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.




Stuart White Brain Injury Activity Facilitator












Stuart joined Headway East Northants in October 2013. 




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, and then 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.


Michelle Barker,  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 from Higgins!


We were thrilled to receive a huge quantity of wood Higgins Builders Merchants, which was kindly arranged as a donation from Thomas, who works there.


Woodwork is always such a popular activity here at our Centre, and our clients, together with the support of our volunteers, enjoy working together to create useful items.


With such a generous donation, there's no end to the items that can be created and we can't wait to see what comes out of our woodwork room, so a huge thank you to Higgins! 


If there's anything that you may be interested in donating to us here at Headway, please do get in touch as we'd love to hear from you! Please email

Smiles all round at Headway East Northants barbecue!

Yet another terrific day for the Headway East Northants team of clients, carers, staff and volunteers at our summer barbecue! Click here to read all about it.





Services Manager, Jean Tudor, retires from Headway East Northants


Our beloved manager, Jean Tudor, officially retired from Headway East Northants on Tuesday 22nd May and we were all so very sorry to see her go! 

Click the link below to read more!