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Angela Higham


As a service user myself I believe that I can work with purpose within a service user led organisation.  I am confident working alongside either fellow service users and other trustees.  I have gained life skills through my disability.  I work in a meticulous way which can be useful when studying figures or worksheets and I found this useful during my career as a scientist. Read full biography...

    Tom Misselbrook


    I became a Trustee with SIL after seeing an advertisement in the Hereford Times. I had just finally retired and was caring for my 92 year old mother with the help of support workers so that she could remain as long as possible in her own home. Read full biography...

      Maggie O' Neill

      Maggie O’ Neill

      Maggie had polio as a child and now uses a wheelchair. Her career was in administration. She has experience in employing and managing staff.

        John Rogers

        John Rogers


        John has held senior positions with IBM Europe, including Personnel Manager, and Vice President. Most recently John was self-employed, working with a New York bank to buy new businesses.

          SIL Trustee Julie Thornby

          Julie Thornby

          I first found out about SIL through reading the local newspaper, especially the nominations for health and care awards. I was struck by the stories from people using SIL services and their support workers. They showed that SIL was supporting people to not just do routine things, but things that they themselves really wanted to do, whether that was something "fun", or something that mattered very deeply to them.

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            David Hughes


            My name is David, I've been with Services for Independent Living for 20 years. I was on Direct Payments for the first 9 years then transferred to Independent Living at Home.  I was asked would I like to become a trustee because of my experience at S4IL, I will try to do my best for everyone. Read full biography...

              Shirley Mackay


              I have joined the SIL team as a Trustee in Dec 2018. I have been inspired by the professionalism and dedication of every staff-member and manager I have met to date.  I know SIL will offer me a great deal and I hope to return this and support their activities by bringing some of my experience of working in the charity and public services sectors.

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                Becoming a Sil Trustee (Director)

                What is involved?

                • Ability to attend at least one meeting a month lasting around 2.5 hours
                • Willingness to prepare for meetings by reading documents as required
                • To use your knowledge and skills by speaking up in meetings
                • Willingness to participate in training

                SIL needs people who can offer two or more of the following:

                • Lived experience of disability or as a family carer
                • Experience of health or social services policy / planning
                • Commitment to the vision and values of SIL
                • Financial / Management / Quality / Strategy / Personnel knowledge & skills


                • Acquire new skills and knowledge
                • Travel expenses paid
                • Pride in supporting your local User Led Organisation acting on behalf of disabled people

                Find out more without commitment :

                • Talk to trustees and / or the Chief Executive
                • Read the Charity Commission guidance ‘The Essential Trustee’
                • Attend a board meeting as an observer

                If you wish to become a trustee (Director) you will need an existing trustee to propose you and then you may complete the Trustee Nomination form below.

                For more information please call us on 01568 616653 or email:


              • Julie Thornby (PDF, 0.13 MB)