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Meet the Team

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Kirsty Stannard – Programme Administrator
Hi, I’m Kirsty, I’m a mum to 3 boys, including twins. I have worked at EXTRA since October 2020, and come from a retail management background. I am also a qualified childminder. I’m a bit of a culture vulture, love the great outdoors and meeting new people.
Karen Hayward – Programme Facilitator
Hello, I’m Karen. I first discovered Extra in 2012 when I was a parent attending the SWAN course, as I have three children who all have additional needs. I have studied counselling and pre-school practices and have been a facilitator with Extra for 8 years before also joining the office team in 2021. I feel passionate about being part of what Extra offers to parents and carers in our community. In my spare time I love going to festivals, listening to live music, and going for a family walk in the woods.
Becky Mason – Programme Administrator
Hi, I’m Becky. I’m a mum to 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. I have worked at EXTRA since April 2022 and I have an clerical/office management based background. When I’m not at EXTRA, I enjoy cooking with the kids, watching a live band, watching a good film or taking my dog Rodney on a long walk.

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Kay Caines – Bookkeeper
Hi, I’m Kay and I started at Extra in March 2022. I am a fully licensed accountant and have been in the industry for over 25 years. I work with various companies from all shapes and sizes and all industries, so every day is different.

I am a mum to 3 children and have many loves, these included spending time with my family, my dopey dogs and Scotland. I am also a huge collector of shoes, so much so my husband thinks he married a centipede!

Julia Hennessy – CEO
Hi, I’m Julia, I joined Extra on 1st October 2023 as the CEO. I have returned to Essex, after living and working in New Zealand for the past 16 years as the General Manager for a large community provider of social services.

I previously worked for Essex County Council Children’s Services in various roles.

I am privileged to have this new role, and aim to grow Extra to provide more services within the North East Essex and Tendring community.

Extra is an organisation that has provided services for nearly 20 years and is well respected within the community. We are committed to this community.

I am a mother of 2 grown up children, and the proud grandmother of Baby Sage, my reason for returning to Essex.”