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.


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 is also experienced in 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 with a variety of 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. 



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

London Marathon Information Evening, 11th February


Now that our marathon team is full (27 runners in total!), we're really excited to host our annual London Marathon Information Evening on Monday 11th February, to which all 'Team HEN' runners are invited! 


The informal evening, held at our Irthlingborough centre, offers the chance for runners to take a look around our centre, meet fellow participants, and of course a great opportunity for us to meet these amazing people in person! 


Guest speaker this year is Andrew Walker, himself an experienced London Marathon runner, and a member of Team HEN 2019. Andrew will be there to share his knowledge and experiences, and to offer hints/tips about build-up to race day, nutrition, lasting the distance, and of course, recovery.


7.00pm start with an anticipated finishing time of 8.30pm. All RSVP's and vest top size confirmations by Monday 21st January, please.



Fish & Chip quiz night, 26th January!


Our facilitator Freyja and partner Chris belong to 'A Different Direction' choir and are busy fundraising for an amazing trip to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall! 


To aid their funding, they've organised a Fish & Chip Quiz  night on Saturday 26th January at Saxon Hall, Raunds, with all proceeds going towards their event. You may remember the choir from the incredible performance they gave alongside the Headway musicians, 'The Custard Caterpillars' back in October!


Great night guaranteed - for full details, please visit our 'Events' page. 


New Year, New You? Come and be a volunteer!


Want to make a positive change for 2019? Then come and be part of our amazing team of volunteers!


Whether you have a spare day in the week, or even just an hour or two, visit our centre and meet our fantastic people. We have so much to offer those who've survived brain injury - maybe it could be YOU who helps someone re-learn a lost skill, or take on a new one.


For all volunteering enquiries, please call on 01933 652311 or email our deputy manager, Jonny Tudor, on