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

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. 



Stuart White, Brain Injury Activity Facilitator












Stuart has a fantastic story regarding his journey with Headway. At the age of 13, Stuart 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.


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, 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.



Sue Lockhart, Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator 



Sue first began her career with us here at Headway East Northants as a volunteer back in December of 2015 and 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 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

Our AGM, Friday 28th September


We are looking forward to hosting our Annual General Meeting here at the Centre on Friday 28th September. 


The meeting will start at 4.30pm and should last approximately 40 minutes, giving us the opportunity to reflect on our activities over the last year. Buffet and refreshments available. 


For more details, or if you'd like to come along, please let Becky know by Friday 21st September on 01933 652311 or by emailing her at

Raunds Ukelele Orchestra fundraising concert!


Our facilitator Freyja, deputy manager Jonny, and the Headway Music Group will be performing with others at a fabulous fundraising concert to raise funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice. 

Why not go along for an evening of great music and fundraising for two fabulous causes?

The concert is on the 6th October and starts at 7pm at Rushden Heritage Chapel and Halls, Park Road, Rushden.

For more details or to book tickets, please visit

Client Michael obtains Food Safety qualification! 

Headway East Northants client, Michael, last week successfully completed an online course in Food Safety for Catering, and as a result, is now Level 2-qualified in Food Handling. 

Michael enjoys both our cookery sessions and I.T here at Headway East Northants, so combining the two together was a win-win!

Huge congratulations to Michael on this terrific achievement!