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I joined Independent Lives in November 2009, initially as a Payroll Co-ordinator and now Payroll & Banking Team Leader.Previously I have worked for a Cosmetic, Telecommunications and a Manufacturing company within their payroll department spanning 18 years.I get personal satisfaction from helping other people which makes their lives easier.
I’ve been with Independent Lives since 2008, initially as an enquiries officer, before becoming an adviser for the Direct Payment Information & Advice Service, then senior adviser, then my current position as Personal Budgets Team Leader.
I miss the direct contact with customers in their own home, but still get to support customers over the phone which I really enjoy as I like feeling I’m helping people.
I keep a close eye on CRM as I’m a stickler for detail and like to make sure things are done correctly.
I joined Independent Lives in 2010, before that I worked as a Reception Manager in a local GP Surgery and this is when I became more aware of the social model of disability, not just the medical model.
I have always had a passion for supporting people and strongly believe that everyone should have choice and control to live a fulfilling, independent life.
My current role of Workforce Development Lead involves managing a Skills for Care funded project, and developing the Personal Assistant (PA) and Care Support Worker workforce so people have top quality care and support to enable them to live independently.
I joined Independent Lives back in 2010 to work with the New Business Lead to develop and launch Lend a Hand, our care service.
Since then, the service has grown and gained a Care Quality Commission rating of ‘Good’ and CHAS accreditation, and our team has been recognised in local awards as Unsung Heroes!
As registered Care Manager, I am working towards the service gaining an ‘Excellent’ CQC rating, having introduced coffee mornings and opportunities for our customers to take part in local community projects, and I am always looking at ways to improve the quality and safety of our service.
I love the diversity of my role, never knowing what the day will bring, and working with such a fantastic team and lovely customers.
My work has always centered around supporting individuals with disabilities or complex health care needs. I first joined Independent Lives in 2005 and have worked in a variety of roles here including Personal Health Budget Lead, Integrated Services Manager and now Director of Services.
My main passion is working in joint partnership with local authorities, NHS, individuals and communities to ensure everyone with a disability has the opportunity to achieve what is important to and for them and have the right support to do so.
I have a level 5 diploma in leadership and management and attended Cambridge University social venture business school, and I am currently studying towards an Masters in senior leadership (MBA).
I am a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell.
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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.
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I am a disability and young person's campaigner following a 19 year long battle with a brain tumour. Since a young age I have been heavily involved in representation the voice of young people in local communities where disability discrimination is an issue. Having worked alongside the Department of Work of Pensions as a user led ambassador, for a short period between 2012-2015, I then began studying at university and graduated in 2017 with a degree in social work.
I am now the director of a small community interest company that supports young people into employment through social action campaigns. While also acting as a consultant for small charities, I offer help with fundraising strategies and support with developing new youth work services.Despite my physical and mental health disabilities I am keen to work with Independent Lives to support the voice of those in the community to get equal access to high quality support that values them as individuals.
Though I have Cerebral Palsy with no speech, I run my own disability consultancy called SimonsAble, providing a range of services. My particular interests are working towards achieving equality for people with disabilities, so that people both with and without disabilities have the same opportunities.
I undertake my role at Independent Lives with a critical mind and draw on my life experience to provide Independent Lives with a fresh perspective.
I have worked in sport sector for several years both in coaching & strategic management. Currently, I work at Tennis Foundation as disability tennis development manager where my main objective is to engage more disabled people to play, volunteer and coach tennis across Great Britain.
I bring my skills of event management, strategic planning and relationship building to Independent Lives.
As you would expect I am passionate about sport and have a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. I am a keen badminton player, gym goer and make time to travel the world.
I am an accountant with a long career working in both the public and private sectors. Since moving to Worthing from Hertfordshire in 2005 I have been involved in tackling the financial challenges faced by the NHS, both in London and locally.
I bring previous trustee experience having been the Honorary Treasurer of a local Mencap Society in Hertfordshire for over 30 years and a trustee for UK Skills and Chair of its Audit Committee. Now I have time to spare I wish to make a contribution to my local community.
As a family carer for a grown up daughter who is facing the challenges of living independently in the community, I feel I am able to bring understanding and empathy as well as professional experience to my role as a trustee.
Mark Vickers is one of Independent Lives qualified Health and Social Care trainers. Find out more about Mark, his experience and qualifications.
I mainly train people on Introduction to First Aid, but I also train people on Dementia Awareness and Manual Handling.
I hold a sector relevant honours degree in Health and Social Care. I also hold the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification, as well as the Level 3 Assessor Award.
My background before Health and Social Care is that I previously taught the NVQ level 1 Horticulture Skills course as part of the London School of Horticulture/Shaw Trust partnership.
Jane Knight is one of our accredited and qualified members of staff on the training team. Find out more about Jane and her background here.
I have around 12 years' experience in the care sector, from front line care delivery, supervising, coordinating and now training.
I am Train the Trainer level 3 accredited.
I love the training role as I can teach and mentor new and existing recruits, empowering them to deliver the best care. As well as classroom-based training, I now also deliver bespoke training in customers’ homes.
I joined Independent Lives in 2013. During my time here I have taken my CIPD qualifications in Human Resources which has led me to my current role as HR & Facilities Lead.
Prior to joining I spent a year travelling visiting China, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America. It was a fantastic experience meeting so many new people and learning about different cultures.
I love my role as each day brings a different challenge enabling me to increase my knowledge on a daily basis.
Carrie Belcher is one of our Health Care trainers. Find out more about Carrie's background and experience.
I am one of the new Health Care trainers at Independent Lives. I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in the Community for many years. I hold a BSc Hons Degree in Community Nursing and an ENB 998 in Training and assessing. I enjoy teaching and assessing and have been supporting and mentoring in nursing skills for a number of years. Currently I also work in the Private Sector delivering training Infection Prevention in the hospital environment and assessing on competencies relating to this. Previously I also worked as a PHB Advisor for Independent Lives.
I am a working single mum with lived experience of disability and a keen interest in health and social care. I am passionate about choice, independence and equality for all.
I was born with a hip and pelvis deformity which meant that my childhood and adolescence was dominated by clinicians and social workers trying to get me fixed enough to ‘fit’ into the world.
As a young adult I became interested in and connected with the disabled people’s movement and as I learnt and came to understand the social model of disability I felt empowered to live independently as a disabled person and to challenge service providers and decision makers who limited my independence or choice.
I have worked in health and social care services in the community & voluntary sector for about 25 years. As a volunteer, as a service co-ordinator and as a team manager.
My current employment is with Healthwatch West Sussex, the user and public champion for health and care services in the county. I also volunteer with Girlguiding UK and enjoy being involved with community events and projects.
I live with multiple long term conditions including severe asthma, a dynamic collapsing airway and chronic back pain.
I am married to David and have adult twins William and Alice, and 3 dogs; Digger Fluff & Tonto. Alice has profound and multiple disabilities and complex health care needs and I have managed a personal budget and a personal health budget for her.
I originally trained in business and finance working for the local electricity board but left when I had the twins to look after Alice 24/7. I returned to part time work with West Sussex County Council as a part time finance and admin officer and youth worker until they left school.
I then came to work at Independent Lives as a Senior Personal Health Budget Adviser being able to use my own experiences to support others. From here I joined NHS England in March 2017 working in the Personalised Care Group of the Strategy and Innovation Directorate as a Lived Experience Manager. In this role I support and facilitate local people to have their voices heard at a strategic level and be part of the decision making process around service shaping and delivery.
I have also spent 26 years working in volunteering as a staff officer with responsibility for vocational qualifications for adults and young people.
I am an advocate of lifelong learning and have a masters level qualification in management and leadership, have undertaken short courses in Diversity and Equality, and Information, Advice and Guidance, with the most recent being Change Management in large organisations and Project Management.
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.