Jane Nattrass

Charity Founder and Manager

Jane Nattrass is Henry Dancer’s Mum and the charity’s founder and coordinator. Prior to his illness and death, she worked as an Arts Consultant with clients including Arts Council England, The Association of British Orchestras, Youth Music and Trinity College, London. Once Henry became ill, she had to stop working and realised that her experience would be of more use in supporting children with cancer. Soon after he died, she set up Henry Dancer Days in his memory. She is also Vice Chair of Governors at Villa Real School for children with severe, profound, medical and complex learning difficulties and Clerk to the Bone Cancer Research Trust.



Our Trustees

Our Trustees are volunteers from different walks of life. Their variety of experience brings a depth and breadth of skill which benefits our charity.

Claire Foster-Matthews

Chair of Trustees

Claire is the Chair of Henry Dancer Days and Managing Director of MAC Security & Fire.


A professional manager with 15 years’ experience within the Security and Fire industry, before which she worked within the recruitment and retail sectors at senior management level. Claire has two boys, Fergus and Lucas.  Claire’s eldest son, Fergus, was at Lanchester EP at the time of Henry’s illness.  Following Henry’s death,  Claire was given a copy of Jane’s book, 348 Days. From there she became a strong supporter of the charity and subsequently was invited to join the Board of Trustees.


David Nairn

Trustee and Treasurer

David is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. After qualifying, he established his own
Practice which eventually merged with North East-based Rowlands, which is now part of the expanding, nationwide Baldwins Accountants Group. David’s professional experience of charity accounts and audit brings great experience to Henry Dancer Days. 

With David’s practice having acted for Henry’s family for many years prior to his illness, David was keen to support our charity once it was established. He has two sons, one of whom is the Captain of the England Physical Disability cricket team. The team includes a Henry Dancer Days beneficiary and they have supported our charity in their fundraising.


Dr Sally Slater




Sally, a local GP, is a close friend of Jane. Their friendship spans about 24 years and they have supported each other through many of life’s trials and tribulations. Many tears and laughs have been shared over the years. Whilst feeling rather inadequate, Sally attempted to support Jane through the greatest life event of all, the death of her beloved son Henry. Sally was delighted to be invited to be a trustee of the Henry Dancer Days charity set up by Jane in Henry’s memory.


Clare Chillingworth



Clare Chillingworth is our newest Trustee. Clare has an extensive background in fundraising, having worked at the University of Cambridge and more recently at two local hospices in the North East. Her current role is as Grants & Projects Manager at Durham Cathedral. In her spare time, she looks after her two young boys, one crazy Beagle and enjoys all things outdoors. Interesting but useless fact about Clare: she is also a qualified, but non-practicing, physiotherapist (and promises not to offer any advice!).