Family Support Facilitator
Jennie has a degree in Diet and Health and is a Registered Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. She has experience working for the NHS, Local Authorities and the private sector. Her main passion as well as experience lies within childhood obesity prevention and management. She has experience working with a variety of different age and population groups, but is particularly passionate about working with children 0-5 years old and families from all different backgrounds to support them to lead a healthier lifestyle and adopt healthy behaviours at the very beginning of life. Jennie works for HENRY as a family support facilitator on the Hounslow and Lambeth projects which includes developing and delivering workshops and delivering the HENRY Group and 1:1 Programmes.
Regional Manager (South)
Anne joined the team in November 2016 – but her interest in HENRY’s work dates back to 2008, when she attended the HENRY Core Training in Oxfordshire.
She has a background in education, having worked as a primary school teacher and Inclusion Team Leader. Anne has 12 years of management experience across a range of settings, including six years at a children’s centre in Reading.
She is passionate about lifelong learning and supporting families to improve their health and well-being. Anne helps to deliver high-quality projects across the South of England and works with the team to support the development of HENRY across the region.
Regional Manager (North)
Mary is an experienced project manager with over 15 years’ experience of working in small and medium sized charities. She began her career as a volunteer with Voluntary Services Overseas and has since focused on working in charities that improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and abroad.
Mary joined HENRY in August 2016 in the new role of Regional Manager (North). Mary helps to deliver high quality projects and works with the team to grow and develop HENRY across the North of England.
Family Support Coordinator
Penny has many years’ experience as a project manager and trainer in both the corporate and charity sectors. She is delighted to be using her skills working for HENRY, being passionate about the HENRY approach to supporting and encouraging families. Penny has managed HENRY projects in Richmond and Lambeth and now manages HENRY in Hounslow, where we are delivering Healthy Families sessions and training practitioners.
Healthy Start Coordinator (Bradford)
Nicola has a background in Primary School Teaching, with a degree and four years teaching experience. She has spent two years working as a Family Outreach Worker in Bradford, supporting parents with their children’s behaviour. Nicola has a City & Guilds Level 4 in Working with Parents and is a certified Family Links group facilitator.
Nicola is now working as a Healthy Start Coordinator based in the Better Start area of Bradford.
Senior Programme Officer
Stephanie has a degree in Midwifery and a great interest in the development of physical, mental and emotional health from conception onwards. She has worked in children’s centres for the past four years delivering parenting programmes and teaching baby massage as well as providing outreach support to families. Stephanie has five children of her own and is also experienced in teaching basic cookery skills to primary school children. Stephanie delivers practitioner training nationally and quality assures the 1-to-1 Programme providing support and feedback to local co-ordinators.
Finance & Operations Manager
With a degree in Neuroscience, Charlotte is passionate about helping HENRY in its crucial task of tackling childhood obesity. Having worked in a wide range of organisations spanning science and agriculture, she particularly enjoys working in the charitable sector. She provides financial, operational and HR support to the organisation and liaises with relevant external agencies in relation to financial matters.
Angie has worked in various sectors during her career – mostly arts related – and now enjoys using her creative, marketing and administrative skills to help the HENRY team deliver training to communities throughout the country. She works closely with potential commissioners to discuss local priorities and how HENRY can help them to provide effective support to families of young children at risk of obesity.
Healthy Start Volunteer Coordinator
Nicol is an experienced coordinator with a solid background in marketing, working on projects for organisations such as Groundwork Sheffield, ACEG Music, Airship and The Hub. Having spent the majority of her career working in the third sector, supporting and coordinating volunteers has always been at the core of what she does.
Nicol has spent the last few years managing The Hub, a community outreach facility in the northeast of Sheffield, delivering a programme of activities and training, including HENRY. Nicol is deeply passionate about social inclusion and tackling inequality through training and education and providing sustainable support for those who are most vulnerable in our community.
Nicol joined HENRY in September 2016 as our volunteer coordinator covering both Sheffield and Leeds and will help develop a roster of highly trained HENRY volunteers in the north.
Research and Projects Administrator
Amyus joined HENRY full-time in 2016, following a four (or more) year history with the charity as a freelance administrator. He is assumed to hold the record for the most leaving and welcome back celebrations.
As Research and Projects Administrator, Amyus develops and maintains HENRY’s data collection and reporting systems, working to record and evidence the impact of HENRY training and parent programmes. He also provides administrative support for HENRY’s wide-ranging projects, including academic evaluations and trials aimed at assessing and improving HENRY programmes, and for the development of new literature and resources.
Amyus is a regular volunteer for Great Men, which seeks to engage men and boys in the movement towards gender equality.
Head of Business Development
Tom has 10 years’ experience in strategy and income generation in the voluntary sector having worked across environmental, social welfare, and education charities. He has developed major cross-sector strategic partnerships, as well as securing multi-year grant and individual funding. Tom joined HENRY in 2013 as a member of the Senior Management Team and leads on strategic direction, as well as diversifying and growing revenue streams. His strength is in identifying the most promising opportunities and working through the details to maximize prospects of success and so enabling HENRY to extend its valuable work.
Service Manager (Waltham Forest)
Megan leads the HENRY service in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, where the local authority has commissioned us to deliver outcomes in relation to infant feeding, healthy weight, oral health and speech & language. Megan worked for Westminster Council’s Community Safety team for eleven years and spent a year with LGBT charity Stonewall assisting public services become more inclusive for LGBT service users and staff. Outside of work she is a founding member of the children’s campaign group Let Toys Be Toys which challenges gender stereotyping in childhood.
Head of Service Delivery
Edwina joined HENRY as our Business Development Manager bringing complimentary and innovative approaches to securing new business. She has an MA in the Management of Innovation and Change and has worked extensively and strategically within and across all sectors delivering and developing early years and families services.
Edwina is now leading our direct service delivery co-designing, implementing and following through to ensure contracts and grant-funded projects are effectively managed to achieve positive outcomes for young children, families and communities. Edwina is our Safeguarding lead, committed to equality of opportunity and passionate about supporting vulnerable children and families.
Head of Training
Jackie is an experienced project manager and trainer. She has worked with parents and families across both statutory and voluntary organisations, and has particular expertise in early child development and parenting. Having joined HENRY in 2008, Jackie is a member of the Senior Management Team, leading on the operational management and quality assurance of HENRY training and projects. She supports our local training teams, as well as mentoring and supervising new trainers.
Development and Executive Officer
Fiona has an MSc in Public Health and several years’ experience working in the private and public sector as well as with international charities. She has a passion for working with women and children and has years of experience in behaviour change practice.
She is involved in the development of new training courses, workshops and resources as well as delivering HENRY training and family support. She also provides support to the HENRY executive functions.
Healthy Start Project Manager
Kassandra has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Research. Kassandra has worked in various areas in the voluntary sector; mainly with young people and people with disabilities. She manages the Healthy Start Mentor project, which operates in Ealing, Hackney and Haringey.
Siân is an experienced trainer and coach with qualifications in coaching, training, mediation, nutrition and the management of diabetes and obesity. She feels honoured to be part of a team who share her passion for making changes to prevent obesity for the long term. Siân delivers practitioner training, provides development support and supervision for local trainers and supports the Head of Training to coordinate and deliver Training for Trainers Schemes.
Finance and Projects Administrator
Corinne has an enthusiastic approach to helping others, with an aim to continue this at HENRY. Coming from a previous administrative role helping vulnerable adults, HENRY is a new adventure within the charity sector. Using her experience from her degree in Business Information Systems and her current studies for an AAT Level 2 in Accounting, Corinne is responsible for helping support the finance team. This involves processing resource orders, invoices and any finance queries that may arise. Alongside this, Corinne also provides support to the project managers to aid in their delivery.
Healthy Start Volunteer Coordinator
Sonia joined HENRY in September 2016 as our volunteer coordinator covering Telford, having previously coordinated a pilot project around health and nutrition for the area.
Prior to this, Sonia spent 6 years working as a nursery nurse and baby room manager within a children’s day nursery, before moving on to spend 3 years working with adults who have learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, in a residential setting.
Sonia is passionate about educating parents, and enabling healthier lifestyles for children in Telford. Shehas a particular passion for the support and social inclusion of adults and children who are on the autistic spectrum.
Programme Coordinator (Luton)
Joanne has worked in a variety of sectors and has a varied background having worked as a wedding photographer, a respite carer for children in care, she spent 7 years working in Luton & Bedfordshire Children’s Centres as a nursery practitioner, an early years lead language practitioner and a family worker running parenting programmes such as baby massage, baby signing & breastfeeding support.
Joanne has 3 children under 5 and has been a keen committee member for the past 4 years for her son’s pre-school. She has spent the past 2 years working as a Flying Start worker in Luton, working alongside midwives with pre and post-natal women and their families.
Group Programme Officer
Cathy’s degree in Social Policy means she has a keen interest in how culture and factors in society affect families’ attitudes and lifestyles. She has been a primary school teacher, spent 7 years lecturing in Early Years Care and Education and Health and Social Care in an F.E college. For the last 5 years she has worked in children’s centres, running parenting programmes and providing outreach support to families. Cathy works closely with Tom Spencer, quality assuring the Group programme and providing support, feedback and in some cases supervision to Local Co-ordinators.
Since leaving school where Alex was on the Charities Committee of the School Council for 7 consecutive years she went on to study Psychology. It is her keen interest in psychology and her passion for charity that brought her along to HENRY. In particular her desire to help HENRY tackle childhood obesity stems from having many younger cousins and taking an active interest in their physical, mental and emotional development. At HENRY Alex is responsible for ensuring that practitioner training courses run smoothly and also acts as support to the Head of Training.
With a career that spans NHS and voluntary sector management, Kim became HENRY’s Chief Executive in April 2012. A parent of three herself, Kim is passionate about helping children to have the best start in life. She has a professional background in parenting, family support and early development and is the author of Early Learning Matters, a good practice guide, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2009. Kim’s mission is to transform traditional approaches to obesity and respond to the strategic need for prevention. “We know that, once established, obesity is notoriously difficult to turn around in the long-term. Getting alongside families right from the start and helping them embed healthy lifestyle choices before excess weight gain is established is crucial.” She is a regular speaker at health and early years events and contributor to radio, TV and print media.