I’ve previously worked as a Chief Executive, Operations Director, and Finance Director for charities that support people with learning disabilities & autism, sight loss & hearing loss, and also older people living with dementia.
I hope that I can now use my skills and experience to help the ILC to further develop its services in the coming years. I believe passionately in what we do and the importance of the impartial advice it provides to older and disabled people living in Wiltshire and BaNES.
In my spare time, I have a wide and varied range of hobbies and interests. This includes watching and listening to cricket, reading about cricket and sometimes even playing cricket for the mighty Bratton Cricket Club. My wife and our golden retriever live in Bratton and I have 3 kids who amazingly all seem to be in their twenties now.
I am a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist (OT). I qualified as an OT in 2001, and have since gained experience in a wide range of clinical areas: acute medical, care of the elderly, adult psychiatry, chronic pain service for adults and adolescents, and vocational services.
I am excited to be a part of the team here to support the ILC’s aim to enable clients to live as full and independent lives as possible. During your appointment, I will be able to assess your current daily living needs in a wide variety of different areas. We would then be able to try out appropriate equipment, or provide advice about equipment that might be suitable. We are also able to signpost organisations for referral or advice on other social care and health needs.
I have worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, providing information and supporting the OT within their assessments, for over twelve years, and as a Trusted Assessor for the past six. I find the daily variety of my role very rewarding, and seeing how trying a piece of equipment or a new technique can restore someone’s independence gives me great job satisfaction.
In my spare time I like to spend time visiting the coast, going to Zumba, and reading to relax.
I have worked as a Benefits Advisor at the ILC for over seven years. Previously I worked at Citizens Advice in a similar role since 1998, so I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience and also seen many changes to the benefits system over the years. I really enjoy meeting people, helping them claim benefits and also helping them to challenge unfair decisions.
In my spare time, I’m learning to play the flute and read music, I love gardening and growing veg and crocheting things for my grandchildren (whether they want the things or not!)
I have been at the ILC for over sixteen years. I started as a part-time Admin Assistant and as my role progressed over time I found myself taking on more of the financial/building responsibilities. I’ve seen many changes within the NHS during this time, and it’s more important than ever to help our ageing population to remain independent, and the ILC is the perfect place for them to start.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, and walking in the mountains.
I joined the Independent Living Centre in September 2016 as an Admin Officer, having previously worked as a Receptionist at a Veterinary Practice for 6 years. I’ve very much enjoyed the change, and I love learning about all the amazing pieces of equipment available to help people remain independent.
In my spare time I enjoy watching live shows, including music, comedy and magic. I also enjoy reading crime thrillers on my Kindle with my pet chinchilla, and breaking out of escape rooms around the UK with my husband.