Rebecca Smicle, Chief Executive Expand I joined Independent Lives in 2004 after starting my career supporting disabled children and adults in community settings. Following this I worked in Hounslow, West London, first supporting the conversion of a sheltered employment institute into a centre offering a better range of life options for local people. I then went on to support people into paid employment through the New Deal for Disabled People. My current role as Chief Executive gives me the ability to work with disabled people to develop and improve services and to create strategies to increase all citizens’ access to choice, control and to live independent lives. During my time at Independent Lives I have achieved a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management. I am a member of South East Network for Disabled People’s Organisations (SENDPO), and Supporting Community-Based Solutions. Read an interview with Rebecca talking about her role.