Meet our Board of Trustees

John Hatherley – Chairperson

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.

Nigel Tarrant

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.

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.

Kezia Coleman

Kezia has worked for the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, for 5 years, campaigning alongside blind and partially sighted people for better access, inclusion and services. She went to Kingston University and stayed living in the area after graduating in 2011. Kezia has a brother who has Prader-Willi Syndrome. Kezia feels organisations such as KCIL are vital to supporting people like her brother, and their families. Having that local point of contact and help can be a life line. She became a KCIL trustee in order to support the fantastic work they do for people with disabilities in  Kingston

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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: Wednesday – Friday)
Tel: 020 8481 1440

Seye Norman

Outreach Worker  (Tuesday – Thursday)
Tel: 020 8481 1448

Sarah McSherry

Deputy CEO (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Tel 020 8481 1442

Elizabeth Olarewaju

Snr. Independent Living Advisor (Mon-Fri)
Tel 020 8481 1446

Phil Levick

Participation Advisor (Weds-Fri)
Tel: 020 8481 1447

Helen Green 

SEND Support Broker (Mon, Tues & Alternate Fridays)

Tel: 020 8481 1445


We have no vacancies at the moment