Neil Baker – Chief Executive Officer
Neil is our CEO and joined the charity in February 2022. He has been involved in the charity sector since 2005 in various senior roles including business development, project management and change management. His last role was as deputy CEO for a Bristol based charity helping young vulnerable adults to live independent lives.
Prior to his career in the charity sector, Neil spent several years working for a national newspaper where, as commercial manager, he had responsibility for leading large IT transformation projects.
In his spare time he enjoys walking, particularly exploring the south coast and their wonderful beaches with his wife and dog.
Chantelle Mead – Centre Manager
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 very much enjoyed the change, and loved learning about all the amazing pieces of equipment available to help people remain independent. I was pleased to become Office Manager in March 2021, and then Centre Manager in October 2022.
In my spare time you can find me reading thrillers on my Kindle with my pet chinchilla; watching live shows, including music, comedy, and magic; or breaking out of escape rooms around the UK with my husband.
Lindsay Pearce – Occupational Therapy Assistant
I have worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, providing information and supporting the OT within their assessments since 2003. 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, enjoying the countryside, and reading to relax.