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.”


Tim Samples, Trustee and Client of Headway East Northants


Tim is a client of Headway East Northants and has recently accepted an invitation to join the Board of Trustees. He also volunteers at our centre, supporting fellow volunteer Wilson at our Thursday Peer Support Group sessions. 


Tim began attending our centre as a client following diagnosis of benign brain tumours which in turn brought about severe epilepsy, so Tim knows first hand the realities of managing acquired brain injury and the challenges that this can present to an individual and a family. 


Tim is a valuable asset to our board, with very close links to our client base, and is able to provide the board with direct client feedback, ideas and suggestions. 





Wilson Paterson, Trustee and Peer Support Group weekly volunteer


Wilson  recently accepted an invitation to join the Board of Trustees, having volunteered at our centre by leading our weekly Peer Support Group each Thursday (in which client and fellow trustee, Tim Samples, now also volunteers).


Wilson has a strong professional background and a loved one with ABI and therefore makes a valuable contribution to our board of trustees. 


To read more of Wilson's story with Headway East Northants, please visit


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