Meet Our Team

Claire Phillips, General Manager

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.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 has worked here at Headway East Northants in both Volunteer and Facilitator capacities. He is now the Deputy Manager here at the centre, offering a wealth of support to clients as well as managing our volunteer team.

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 rambling, and she also sings in a local choir.

Becky Lake, Admin & Fundraising Coordinator

Becky works with the whole staff team and manages our website and social media channels. She also organises day to day administration, our newsletter, fundraising and the London Marathon experience.

To contact Becky, please call 01933 652311 or email her here at

Freyja Montali, Brain Injury Activity Facilitator

Freyja supports and encourages clients with a large 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 during her sessions. Freyja also leads our popular 'Peer Support Group' every other Monday morning.

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.

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 began her career at Headway East Northants as a volunteer back in April 2015. In July the following year, she joined us as a regular member of the staff team.

Ann assists with the rehabilitation of our ABI-survivor clients, and particularly enjoys leading cookery and baking sessions to help enhance client domestic skills.  Her drizzle cake is second to none!

Sue Lockhart, Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator

Sue first began her HEN career by volunteering 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 those requiring support within the wider community. Sue specialises in one-to-one support, assisting clients with domestic duties, shopping, appointments and trips out and about to integrate within the community and build social confidence.

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 those requiring support within the community. During her Centre sessions, Janine leads both group and 1-1 cookery sessions, quizzes, cognitive sessions, topical discussion and ten-pin bowling trips.

Janine also provides emotional support within our Peer Group. Janine's Community role involves supporting clients with medical appointments, domestic assistance, 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 supports our clients in all centre activities, including word games and puzzles, cognitive sessions, discussion, our popular 'Music Quiz' and trips ten-pin bowling.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys swimming, cycling and the cinema.

Lucy Reed, Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator

Lucy supports our clients both within the centre and outside in the wider community. Lucy often leads our popular cookery sessions, encouraging our clients with regaining as much of their culinary skills as possible (and learning new ones).

Lucy also supports clients in the community with appointments and outings, helping clients integrate within their community and build social confidence.

Eleanor Ciarciaglini, (BSc), Brain Injury Activity & Community Facilitator

Eleanor is our newest member of the HEN team, having joined us in May 2019. Eleanor joins us with a degree in Psychology, obtained from the University of Hertfordshire, and will be supporting our clients both within our Irthlingborough centre, and those requiring support in the wider community.

Maxine Cooper, Housekeeper

Maxine has been part of the HEN team since April 2012 and fulfills a vital and busy role by managing the daily domestic upkeep of our Centre. Maxine ensures that our venue is kept clean, tidy and orgainised on a daily basis for both staff, clients and volunteers.

Maxine is a huge fan of Lady Gaga (her cupboard has even been decorated by our clients to reflect this!)

Our fantastic volunteer squad!

We are privileged to have a super team of volunteers as part of the Headway East Northants family, each dedicating time and skills to enrich our services and help empower our clients to live the very best life possible.

Introducing our volunteer squad:

Julia Barnes, Broch Cleminson, Carol Cook, Ayesha Harris, Fiona Hurlock, Les Hurwood, Dave Kightley, Carole Mitchell, Alan Nixson, Wilson Paterson, Joan Simpson, Dave Thomas and Jean Tudor


If you are interested in volunteering, we would LOVE to hear from you. Please call Jonny Tudor, Deputy Manager, on 01933 652311 or email

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