Meet our team here, and find out more about them:
Dr Helen Brown
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire
Dr Helen Brown is the CEO of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. One of Helen’s major achievements was initiating the award-winning Family Carers Prescription, a social prescribing model for primary care which has been commissioned by NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG for all their 107 GP surgeries and has influenced carer support in the country.
In 2014 Helen received a personal ministerial invitation to join the Standing Commission on Carers and in December 2015, Helen won the Leadership Award at the 3rd Sector Care Awards.
Chairman of HWN, Hunts Forum
Julie Farrow has been the Chief Executive for Hunts Forum for 9 years and has over 35 years experience of working in the not-for-profit sector, bringing expertise on strategic management and partnership working. In 2015 Julie was appointed a Beacon for Change Ambassador for her innovative partnership working and support for small groups.
She is highly skilled in project management and community development and represents the sector on a number of joint partnerships across the Eastern Region. Julie has a degree in Health & Community Development and Business Management, has a keen interested in all forms of education and is a governor at Huntingdonshire Regional College.
Care Network Cambridgeshire
I moved from teaching to the voluntary sector about 25 years ago. My past experience includes running a team of volunteers for Victim Support and supporting community groups in Tower Hamlets and Cambridge. My specialist areas cover governance, outcomes and quality standards – I used to be a PQASSO assessor. Qualifications include MA in Natural Sciences, PGCE, Diploma in Social Work and Post-grad Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management. Away from work I do all sorts of stuff linked to my local church and have an adult son, step sons and foster son dotted around the country.
Austin joined Headway Cambridgeshire in August 2015. Prior to this, he has spent 20 years working in the community sector in a variety of roles, and has a thorough understanding of the rewards and frustrations that come from managing a charitable organisation. His previous positions include running shops for Oxfam, managing a furniture reuse project, and as the CEO of a counselling charity. He also spent two years with Voluntary Service Overseas, as an advisor to regional government in Vanuatu.
The Staff Team
I’m having a ‘gap year’ from my previous employment in Estates and Facilities Management, and was attracted to a temporary post in the voluntary sector as a way to do something useful, while I work out how to spend the last few years of my working life - I'm still here!! In my spare time, I enjoy geometric patchwork based on Moghul and Moorish tiling, and participate in support of Nachingwea, a town in Southern Tanzania.