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Our Directors

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

    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...

      Sylvie Nicholls

      Sylvie Nicholls


      Sylvie is a family carer. She has worked in various roles in educational settings. She is current Chair of Herefordshire Disability United and former Chair of Thanet Disability Group.

        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.

            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...

              Angela Pendleton

              Chair of Trustees

              My interest with SIL was initially sparked by attending the SIL AGM at Saxon Hall as Mayor of Leominster in 2016. Throughout that afternoon I felt privileged just to listen, observe and laugh, experiencing the camaraderie that was omnipresent on the day. Read full biography...

                Shirley Mackay


                I have just (Dec 2018) joined the SIL team as a Trustee. 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: