APDO UK Team
Since its inception in late 2004, apdo-uk has continued to work to help both its members and their clients. The members of the present team are shown below, followed by our acknowledgement of earlier contributors to our development.
The Operations Team are responsible for the management and direction of the Association, meeting virtually or in reality to work together on the development of our work.
The Support Team have specific administrative roles which facilitate the work of the Operations Team, and report to them.
The Conference Committee develops, organises and runs the yearly conference for members and non-members. This 2-day event is a combination of (keynote) speakers and workshops and is normally held in March each year.
Click on the headings below to display each group.
Ingrid Jansen [President & Conference Manager] has a degree in Hotel Management, and started Organise Your House in September 2010. Not only does she have over 15 years' experience of working in Facilities and Office Management (for a group of 20 offices nationwide), she's also managed housekeeping in large five star hotels and she's worked as a lettings agent. Ingrid has been a member of the Operations Team since March 2012 and she's been organising the yearly conference.
Ingrid became the new President of apdo-uk in March 2014.
Clare Parrack [PR] honed her organisational abilities as a writer, broadcaster, editor and manager over a long career in journalism. After turning 50 she decided to turn her creative energies in a completely new direction, and her passion for home improvement and organisation led her to set up her own property staging, styling and decluttering company, Clarify Interiors.
Lesley Spellman [Mentoring] directed her passion for people, homes and organising into her business, The Clutter Fairy, in January 2010. She is delighted to offer her insight and expertise to new members of apdo-uk as a mentor to promote individual business growth and success. This will ensure apdo-uk remains the leading body for Professional Organisers in the UK.
Juliet Landau-Pope [Training & Social Media] is a certified coach, professional organiser and study skills expert. She lectures at the Open University and works with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds to promote time management and organising skills. In addition to running her own clutter coaching workshops, she also devises and leads training sessions in educational, charity and corporate settings. Juliet has been an active member of APDO-UK since 2007.
Patty Cruz-Fouchard [International Liaison] has a Master's in Business and Finance (ESCP) and 15 years of working experience in London, in the Financial Industry as a Management Consultant for IBM and as a Business Manager for Barclays Capital, Patty developed discipline, structure and attention to detail. In early 2012 Patty decided to follow her passion for organising and helping people. She enrolled herself to a training programme in the USA and got certified in the Clear and Simple Ways TM. On her return, Patty founded Organised & Simple Ltd, where she started operating as Professional Organiser and Efficiency Expert. Patty is excited about being the link between apdo-uk and our international counterparts, as she loves connecting with people and spotting synergies.
Ros Hayes MBE spent nearly 17 years as an Army Officer, and has a Masters in Business Administration. Frequent house moves, three young children and a career to juggle, forced Ros into learning how to be organised and proved how much easier life can be when life is uncluttered. This experience and love of helping others resulted in the formation of The Organised Company in 2014. She is looking forward to bringing new ideas and assisting with projects on APDO’s operation team.
Nicki Munns [You Tube Co-ordinator] has extensive experience in Human Resources; working for many years for the Executive Board of an International Accountancy firm. Her work involved partnership reproting, organising events and international office transfers. Since she stopped work in London to raise her family, she has filled her time project-managing home refurbishments and working with a local building firm specialising in derelict projects. It was a logical step to join forces with her super organised friend, Heidi, to form All Organised in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Nicki is proud to be a member of apdo-uk and happy to assist with the You Tube Channel.
Sarah Bickers [New Members] was a Physiotherapist in a former life and specialised in working with people with disabilities in their homes. In 2014 she decided to follow her dream setting up her Decluttering business Free Your Space. She is passionate about working with people to help them change forever how they deal with their accumulated clutter.
Being a new member of APDO she is keen to speak to people considering joining APDO about the benefits she has already experienced.
Isabelle Lamy is French and has a Masters degree in Business Management and Marketing. She spent 15 years in the Market Research industry working for worldwide top companies such as L'Oreal, Lancôme, Coty, and Danone. As her passion for Interior Design grew, she took a course and obtained a degree in Interior Design in Paris. When her husband's job made all the family move to London in 2012, Isabelle decided to mix her strengths (organisation) and passions (interior design, helping people) to set up her own company IDea for your space as a Professional Organiser.
Having been so nicely welcomed and supported by apdo-uk when she launched her business in 2014, she always thought she would like to offer to help the association in return. She attended the apdo-uk conferences in 2014 and 2015 and found both were great and really helpful for her business. She's delighted to be part of the conference organisation committee now!
Sue Kirby runs 'Sort and Survive' giving advice, guidance and hands-on help to individuals who need or want to utilise, sell ot dispose of prized possessions such as artworks, artefacts, curios, furniture or family or business archives.
Sue has been working as a 'personal curator' since November 2013. She has over thirty years' experience as a museum curator and manager, the Diploma of the Museums Association and a Masters degree in Museum and Gallery Management. She has lived and worked in London for over 15 years and has built up a network of useful contacts in the sector plus expertise regarding cataloguing, care and conservation of collections, storage of exhibits under appropriate conditions and setting up of displays and exhibitions.
Sue is a volunteer fndraiser and steward for her local library and also supports the care of both young and elderly famiy members. She enjoys croquet and Feldenkrais ( a type of floor-based exercise) and is an enthusiast for film, theatre and classica music. She even still visits galleries and museums for pleasure.
Tina set up Tina’s Organisation in 2013, the initial focus of the business was on supporting sole traders with their business admin. This developed into decluttering and organising their office spaces and then morphed again into the decluttering and organising business that it is today, with some admin support still being carried out as well.
Tina joined Apdo in October 2014 and feels that she has been very lucky as a newbie to this business to belong to such a brilliant and supportive association, including being one of the first members to get a chance to access the fabulous mentoring support. Tina lives just outside of Beaconsfield and plays an active part in a local charity in Chesham, called The Theatre Shed an inclusive theatre group for children and young adults. Tina started out by volunteering to sort out their props and costumes (a never-ending challenge!) but now is their office manager as well.
Sue Darby spent the early part of her career in the Women’s Royal Army Corps where discipline, structure and order were very much a way of life. This has been followed by 24 years working in Technical Publications within the Nuclear Energy and Power Systems Industries.
She was a Marketing and Publicity Officer for multi-national electrical engineering companies GEC Alsthom, AREVA T&D UK and Alstom, producing technical manuals where attention to detail was paramount. Whilst carrying out this role Sue gained a wealth of experience in setting up systems and processes, business development, marketing and publicity.
In 2014 she decided to follow her passion for all things organised and set up her own company, ‘Dot the i’s Organising’, with the aim of helping other people enjoy the considerable benefits to be gained from having order in their lives.
Sue feels that being a part of the apdo-uk community and having access to the support it offers through its inspirational members, has been a vital contributor in getting her business off the ground. It is a real pleasure for her to be a part of the conference committee and to be involved in an event in the apdo-uk calendar that is so important to all its members.
Previous Post Holders
Jasmine Sleigh [Membership Officer & Hoarding Lead] has a degree in Psychology and Counselling, and a post graduate qualification in Organisation and Leadership. She has 12 years experience as a senior business manager within the public sector, and 2 years as a counsellor. She established Change Your Space in March 2013 to bring improved function into peoples homes, order small offices, and personally coach people through change. Based in Devon, she looks forward to supporting apdo-uk in having a firmer footing with public referral agencies so that an organising service is available to all.
Jasmine took over sole responsibility for the post of Membership Officer from Cassie Tillett in October 2014 until June 2015
Bernadette Sarginson [UK Policy Advisor] from The DeClutter Doctor began her formal professional decluttering & organising business in 2011, this being a natural progression for a self-confessed ‘born organiser’. She joined the apdo-uk Management Team in 2012 and, as a former Lawyer, Bernadette is well placed and delighted to use her wisdom and experience to help guide apdo-uk to becoming a leading professional body.
Cassie Tillett established her business Working Order in 1997. In 2004, she was one of the founding team of apdo-uk, and from that time until December 2014, she had responsibility for all matters of finance and membership.
From September 2011 to November 2013, Cassie held the post of President to the Association.
Cherry Rudge was responsible for Marketing & Sponsorship from November 2011 until May 2014. She also held the post of Acting President from October 2013 to March 2014, and her contribution to the ongoing development of the Association in that time remains of enormous value to us.
Sharon Johnston & Jane Cooper
Jane Cooper & Sharon Johnston took care of press and PR enquiries for apdo-uk from November 2013 to March 2014. We were very grateful for their much-needed support and work alongside Cherry Rudge during her time as Acting President during a time of considerable change in the Association,
Sharon Kellett was editor of the apdo-uk newsletter between May 2011 and March 2012. We are very grateful for the professional and helpful service she gave to apdo-uk during that time.
Jon Ramsay of Clutterbee was responsible for Press and PR for apdo-uk between June 2009 and November 2011. He was the moving spirit behind our first member conference in March 2011, and has been a vital part of our development and growth. As his own business success has increased, he has now stepped down from this role, but continues as an active member of apdo-uk and a much appreciated colleague.
Sue Kay was one of the founding apdo-uk team. She founded her company no more clutter in 2002 and is the author of No more clutter and Hoarder to order. Sue was instrumental in developing apdo-uk policies, and worked closely with the media promoting decluttering.
Trudy Kelly was part of the original apdo-uk team, and we would like to acknowledge her invaluable early contribution to our development.
Scotland: My name is Wendy Zwart and I have been a professional organiser for 11 years now. The first 10 years I have been working in the Netherlands where I was (and still am) active for the Dutch Association for Professional Organisers (the NBPO). Networking is always very important but even more if you are self-employed. That's why I joined APDO-UK as soon as possible when I moved the Scotland. When I found out that the role of representative of Scotland was available I stepped in. I don't know very much about organising in Scotland yet, but am learning every day.
I am working with my first Scottish clients now and meanwhile I support the NBPO with starting up professional organising in college which is very interesting to do.
North West: Hello I’m Louise and I am your regional representative for the North West based in Stockport. I offer declutter services as Silver Concierge and my practical personal organiser that I created from helping my clients as My Life Pack. It’s lovely to see more APDO Members in our region. We would like to continue meeting NW members 2 or 3 times a year in order to share good practice and to support each other, socialise, collaborate and raise our own and APDO’s profile in our region. Our first meeting each year will take place after the APDO Conference to share feedback with members who couldn’t attend.
Our main method of communication for the North West is through email. All members are actively encouraged to contribute to the group. If you want to join in, find out more information, or contribute ideas or resources please send me an email I’d love to hear from you. Please add my address to your contacts so that you will see any invites to regional events. I will also add our events to the facebook APDO Page in case members of other regions happen to be visiting the North West and want to join us.
East Midlands: My name is Maria Carrara and I am your regional representative for the East Midlands area. I own and run a company called Ordered Lifestyles Limited based in Nottinghamshire.
Our group has three main objectives:
- To form strategic alliances and collaboration with other apdo-uk members in our region and across the UK
- To promote our profession and the benefits and excellence of apdo-uk
- To support each other and share best practice through social events and networking opportunities
West Midlands: Hello, I'm Karen and the West Midlands group warmly welcomes APDO members who are based in the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and West Midlands. We aim to meet once a year and stay in touch by email the rest of the time. Please contact me by email if you would like to join our group
London: Hello London region apdo-uk members. My name is Ingrid Jansen and my business is Organise Your House. I live in Welling, South East London and I've been a member of apdo-uk for 4 years now. I'm apdo-uk's President, conference organiser and I'm the regional rep for London together with Juliet Landau-Pope.
We organise a social get together in Central London, normally around Waterloo, a couple of times a year. Every member working and/or living in the London area is more than welcome to join us. We socialise, network and introduce members to each other in a very informal setting. Do feel free to join us any time and contact me if you would like more information. Hope to see you soon!
London: My name is Juliet and my company is JLPCoach, I’ve been a member of apdo since 2008 and belong to the Operations Team (responsible for training and social media). Together with Ingrid Jansen (apdo’s President), I’m the regional rep for London. We cover a wide area geographically and members come from diverse backgrounds but what we share is a love of decluttering and organising! We really enjoy meeting up every couple of months, usually near Waterloo, to share drinks, food, conversation and networking. Whether you’re living, working or willing to travel to London to meet up, do get in touch and join us!
South East: I’m Rachel Papworth and I set up Green and Tidy in March 2011. Our region has proved too large a geographical area for South East members to meet up regularly although, as more people join, we might set up sub-regional meetups. If you’re based in Kent, Surrey, East Sussex or West Sussex, get in touch.
South: I joined as an APDO member and set up Tapioca Tidy in early 2013 and also have a Community Interest Company, Hoarding Disorders UK - clutter and hoarding are quite distinct, and I could talk about it all day long.
As a regional rep - we cover quite a large area and have met once in the summer and will probably get together in the Spring. A great forum for sharing ideas, stories, concerns and providing support. Do ring for a chat!
South West: Hi, I am Christine Durrant of Devon Clutter Busters and regional rep. for the South West of England. I have been in business for 5 years and have worked as far afield as Penzance and Glastonbury. I am particularly interested in helping hoarders to develop better habits so that they can improve the quality of their lives. With this in mind I run a self-help group called ‘Clutterbugs’ which meets monthly in Paignton.
Being a sole trader can be a lonely profession so I believe it is important to make sure that we apdo members get together regularly. Here in the South West we meet every two to three months in order to share good practice and to support each other. We believe that it is in our interest to work together to promote the profession. We share what each of us is doing to raise our profile and reflect on how we can build on each other’s work to benefit us all. Being a large and relatively sparsely populated area of the country we may recommend prospective clients get in touch with a fellow apdo member who is geographically closer to them.
London: Joining APDO has been key to setting up my business, and I am pleased to be able to “give something back”.
I will be organising three socials a year, in Central London, possibly around the Waterloo area, to which all APDO members – old and new - are very welcome.
These will be in June (after the conference), beginning of November (after school half term, to coincide with NOW) and mid-January to celebrate the New Year and get energy going for the conference.
The meet-ups are informal and friendly, and a great place to meet people, swap ideas and discuss anything and everything clutter-related!
If members are interested, I will also organise smaller “topic based” meet-ups to discuss specific issues such as Hoarding, Use of Social Media to Promote your Business and Dealing with Difficult Clients. Suggestions very welcome.
Please email me if you would like further details – and hope to see you at the next meet up.