Meet our Board of Trustees

Nigel Tarrant – Chairperson

Nigel was a Partner at the solicitors Simpson Millar LLP and Head of Conveyancing, until he retired at the end of 2017. His responsibilities include strategy, growth, new business, risk management, training & development and complaints handling. Nigel has been on KCIL’s Board of trustees for over 10 years, latterly as the Chair. He has a disabled son.

Lawrie Lee

Lawrie is the longest serving member of KCIL’s Board of Trustees and its Treasurer. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he has been a Board member since the turn of the century. Until recently he was Bursar at a local school in Hinchley Wood.

Roberta Cole

Roberta has worked within the Kingston NHS system for circa 10 years, and has recently moved from being a commissioner at Kingston CCG to become Head of Governance at Your Healthcare CIC (Kingston’s community health provider).

She is involved with many forums, panels and steering groups which include decision makers, influencers, stakeholders and the general public. Her motivation for being a KCIL trustee is to put her NHS experience to further good use within the voluntary sector; here at KCIL.

John Hatherley

John was a Technical Author for most of his working life. Since retiring, he has been a carer for his disabled wife, which has given him a good insight into the challenges faced by disabled people and carers. Before joining as a trustee, John had attended KCIL’s Annual General Meetings and Self Directed Support Users’ meetings where he had met many people who use KCIL’s services. He says he is motivated to help promote the work of KCIL as the organisation has given so much help and support to both him and his wife.

Keith Valentine

Keith is the Deputy CEO at the Thomas Pocklington Trust, holding special responsibility for stimulating and supporting choice and independence for blind and partially sighted people in the community. His motivation for being on the Board of KCIL is to improve the prospects for disabled people living and working in the borough, by contributing to the governance and promotion of KCIL’s work and its sustainability.

Clive Martin

Clive worked for British Airways for 30 years, where his roles included project management and operational management. He also spent 7 years in the civil service, retiring as Head of Marketing at the Ministry of Justice in 2009. Clive wishes to use his wide range of skills and life experience of disability to support other disabled people in the community.

Patricia Bamford

Trisha worked in the voluntary sector in Kingston for several years as a project worker for volunteers with learning disabilities and mental health issues. She has also represented residents on all sorts of issues in her role as a councillor for RBK for the last eighteen years. She has been a long-time supporter of KCIL in its bid to promote independence for disabled and vulnerable people.

Ann Macfarlane – Patron

Ann Macfarlane, a wheelchair user, is a leading Disability Independent Living and Equalities Consultant, focusing on health and social care as it affects disabled citizens. She specialises in Independent Living, Direct Payments and Personal Budgets, and has been involved in the Disabled Peoples’ Movement in the UK for many years.

She is an ‘Expert by Experience’ for the Care Quality Commission, and the Department of Health’s National End of Life Care Programme. Ann was appointed a Trustee to the Social Care Institute of Excellence in 2007. She is well recognised in the local community for her statutory and voluntary sector commitment and is a member of the Local Authority’s Safeguarding Board, chair of their user Adults at Risk Sub-Group, and the Primary Care Trust’s End-of-Life Care Group.

She is Patron of Kingston Centre for Independent Living.

Ann received her MBE in 1992 for her involvement with disabled people, locally, nationally and internationally and awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.


Meet our Team

Lisa Ehlers

Chief Executive Officer
Tel :020 8481 1444


Robert Reilly

Office Manager
Tel: 020 8546  9603


John Morris

Direct Payments Support – Team Manager (Office days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Tel:020 8481 1445


Maria Keskes

Direct Payments Support (Office days: Tuesday – Thursday)
Tel: 020 8481 1440


Seye Norman

Outreach Worker  (Wednesday – Friday)
Tel: 020 8481 1448


Joanna Aleksy

(on maternity leave)



Sarah McSherry

Support Broker
Tel 020 8481 1442


Elizabeth Olarewaju

Snr. Independent Living Advisor
Tel 020 8481 1446


Phil Levick

Participation Advisor
Tel: 020 8481 1447


Sophie Camara

VI Parliament Co-ordinator
Tel:  020 8481 1441



We currently do not have any vacancies: