Trustee: Valerie Kiln-Barfoot I am a young disabled woman living locally. I am a direct payments user and use the services of Independent Lives. Professionally, I have trained as a nurse and now work as a nurse researcher in both West Sussex and Surrey. I am also a trustee of a national charity related to my condition and have experience as a family support officer for Great Ormond Street Hospital. This has given me knowledge and understanding of both social and health care processes. As a trustee I work to bring a balanced insight of the professional and personal aspects of being a modern, independent disabled person.