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Staff Profiles

Jen Hall

I joined the service in August 1999 when it was delivered through Shropshire Council. I then transferred with the service to a user led charity. In October 2005 I established Independent Living Partnership Ltd as the charity decided not to bid for a further contract.

Since then, we have been able to increase the number of people seen annually and improve the quality of the service to ensure that all our customers get the right equipment for the right reasons as quickly as possible. We are now in our 12th year and I am extremely proud of the services ILP provide and even more proud of the professionalism and commitment ILP staff continue to display.

Dave Hall

After over 20 years working in financial services I joined ILP in 2007. I am now a Company Director. As we are a small team, the range of jobs covered can vary significantly, and it's fair to say that no two days are ever the same.

My main roles include company strategy, collation of management information & management accounts. I am also involved with writing and delivering our Trusted Assessor training course.

Amanda Morris

Joint role as Moving and Handling Trainer and Advisor.

BA (Hons) Degree in Social Policy and Philosophy from Stafford University.

Qualified as a MH/PH trainer through RoSPA.

Qualified as a Trusted Assessor trainer through York St John University.

My hobbies include gardening, reading, classic bikes and real ale - though not all at the same time. I like to take on a slightly scary charity challenge once a year and have abseiled and zip-wired.

I love being part of the team at ILP and enjoy the dual role of training and advising on Moving and Handling. My aim is to enable service users to maintain independence, and ensure carers can work safely.

Karen Strefford

Hello, I'm Karen, as a People Moving and Handling Advisor for ILP and formerly SDC for 7 years I carry out consultations to identify equipment and risk areas when assisting people in their movement. My Consultations are in the main home visits, enabling me to develop a formerly latent skill of being directionally challenged; I now have my own built in Sat-Nav though not completely fool proof yet!

I love my job as it is varied, occasionally challenging but mainly gives me an opportunity to support and work with people from all different backgrounds and needs. It is lovely to work within a small but diverse team that is a melting pot of experience and skills.

Hannah Hughes

I have been a member of the ILP team for the past 17 years and found that the service offers a valuable contribution to the lives of people who live with disability in Shropshire

I enjoy exploring ways of improving the service and making sure that we are kept up to date with changes and developments in the community.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family particularly in the great outdoors.

Liz Castle

Liz Castle qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1982 and has experience with a wide range of client groups in hospital and community settings, specialising at various times in moving and handling, children with disabilities, housing adaptations and daily living equipment. She has worked part time for the Independent Living Centre (previously known as the Disabled Living Centre) since moving to Shropshire in 1995, and currently sees people at the Whitchurch Hospital 'Satellite' centre for general equipment consultations.

Liz is also an Acupuncturist and is inspired by the philosophy and practice of classical Chinese medicine, its holistic view of health and wellbeing and continued relevance to our lives today.

Barbara Newson

I am married to Scott and have one teenage daughter Jodie, whom I am sure some of you can relate to the pleasures of bringing up a teenager. In my spare time I enjoy exercise, and attend classes twice a week, I also go jogging three times a week, I will never make a Paula Radcliffe but this is something I enjoy very much and would not like to give up and will continue for as long as possible.

I have 20 years experience in retail but felt this was not for me I felt that the pressure of sales targets was taking over customer care. I wanted a job improving people's lives giving people information and choice letting them decide on what they wanted. I have worked for the Independent Living Parnership since it was first established and during my time with the company have gained knowledge and experience from sales support to assessing people's equipment needs. I have recently completed a Trusted Assessor course which I thoroughly enjoyed and feel I now have the knowledge and skills to justify my position within the company. I am lucky to have my family around me for support and advice when needed.

David Cullen

I started work at the Independent Living Centre in 2008. My roles include first point of contact with the customer, creating appointments and helping with information needed. Small computer projects here to help keep the efficient levels of the systems we run. I am also a Trusted Assessor here, and carry out consultations mainly consisting of mobility appointments.

My field of expertise is computer technology; however I have a background with my brother having learning disabilities which led me to this role here at the ILP. After completing Trusted Assessor training here at ILP I feel confident to help others with complex needs.

Fi Robertson

Hi my name is Fi. I have recently joined the team as an Independent Living Worker. This is a brand new role for the company and I am looking forward to developing it to meet the needs of the people of Shropshire.

My background is in residential child care (Specialist Emotional and behavioural difficulties) which I did for 18 years before moving into Learning ,Education, Training and Employment Services for Shropshire Council as an Employment Officer.

In my spare time I enjoy painting shabby chic furniture alongside this I am an Sergeant instructor at thelocal Army Cadet Force Detachment.

Lauren Newbold

My name is Lauren and I have been fortunate enough to join the Independent Living Workers Team at ILP to support and empower our customers, enabling them to live and be independent. I have worked within housing and homelessness for the last 8 years in Shrewsbury and very much enjoy assisting and making a difference to those in need.

I am a mother to my little daughter Poppy, who fills up all my spare time- which I love! I enjoy going home to my native Wales to spend time with my family and friends.

Dawn Dormer

I'm one of the new Independent Living Workers to join the ILP Team. This is an exciting new role for me within a very supportive team delivering a first class service to our customers.

Empowering people to make their own choices is so important and such a brilliant opportunity for me to make a difference. For the past 16 years I have been involved in assisting customers to obtain Disabled Facilities Grants and before this I was employed as a Communications Officer so have always enjoyed making a difference.

Spare time is filled with being a member of Girlguiding UK and assisting Team GB para Driving Team at events where I can.

Natalie Crisp

Hi my name is Natalie, I joined the Independent Living Partnership in July 2019 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and am training to become a Trusted Assessor. I love my new role! Prior to working here, I worked for a charity supporting people to set up care packages within their home. I have worked in social care for 15 years and can't imagine doing anything else.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two children and being as active as possible. We have a horse, pony and chickens. I love to spend time gardening and preparing meals from the things I manage to grow. I am an active member of the WI and enjoy baking.

I also volunteer with Cry-sis, a charity that supports families with babies who cry excessively and for the first time this year volunteered with crucial crew, where children receive social awareness and safety training.

Katie Prudence

I am the new Duty Officer and I am thrilled to be a part of the team here. Having worked in the luxury Jewellery and Watch industry for a number of years, I felt it was time to come back into this sector as I have always enjoyed being able to help people. I have experience in the Health Care sector having been a Support Worker for people with acquired Brain Injuries in a previous role. I am the proud mother of 7-year old identical twin boys who are my world! Identical only in appearance because they could not be any more different - one is organised, the other chaos. One loves pink, the other black! as different as they are, they are absolutely best friends and they are a joy to be around. I absolutely love watching them thrive and grow as individuals. We have a wonderful rescue dog, called sandy, from Greece who is as mad as can be but who never strays far from my side when I'm at home. We spend our time together playing games, visiting family and friends and going for days out when we can.