Michael Barford, Director of Finance and Business Planning I joined Independent Lives in January 2019. I am a CIMA-qualified accountant with many years of experience in the manufacturing, communications, health, education and charity sectors. The major part of my career has been spent in telecommunications, in senior finance and regulatory affairs roles. In recent years I have been consulting in communications regulation within Europe and further afield. I am enjoying learning more about our part of the charity sector and meeting the challenges we face to make a successful future for the organisation and the people using our services.