Trustees

 

Dr Keith Jenkins, Chair

 

Keith Jenkins is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist. He is committed to providing the best possible services and support for people with an acquired brain injury through the work of Headway East Northants.  Click here to read more. 

Barbara Woodbridge, Treasurer

 

Barbara qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and specialises in claiming compensation for people who have an acquired brain injury.   Click here to read more.

Lynne Couzens, Trustee

 

Lynne worked as a Speech & Language Therapist at St Andrews Healthcare, prior to her retirement.

Mary Lees, Trustee

 

A social work manager, now retired, Mary initially qualified in medical social work at Southampton University and first worked in a London Hospital. In 2009, Mary was delighted to be invited to become a Trustee of Headway East Northants. Click here to read more.

Les Hurwood, Trustee

 

An engineer by trade, and having worked in various London schools, Les retired in early 2016 following an accident the previous year, which resulted in a brain injury.

 

 

After recuperation, Les began volunteering here at the centre in Irthlingborough in the woodwork room and still does to this day, having built up a friendly and popular weekly woodwork group session. Such was his success and popularity as a volunteer, that Les was asked to join the Board of Trustees for Headway East Northants, a role he was delighted to accept.

 

 

Les's strong engineering background, volunteering experience, popularity and personal story of brain injury survival all combine to offer an invaluable contribution to both the Board of Trustees, and the Centre itself.

 

 

Les says:

“I was an engineer by trade and used to work in various schools in London, commuting each day. Later in my career, I joined a local engineering firm. I have always loved working with my hands – from engineering, to woodwork – you name it.

 

Then, back in October 2015, I was involved in an accident. Following an MRI scan, it emerged that I’d acquired a brain injury. However it took around two months for physical signs of the injury to begin to show. I felt shaken by the whole experience, and in February the following year, I made the decision to retire.

 

I later spotted an advert in the local paper for volunteers at the Headway East Northants centre in Irthlingborough and thought “Why not?” So I joined the team as a volunteer (and then later, as a trustee).

 

Why do I do it? It’s simple – I love it! To see the smiles on clients’ faces when they’ve achieved or made something, and to see everyone here so happy – it just makes everything worthwhile.”

 

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  jonny.tudor@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk