The Team at Merton Centre for Independent Living
Find out a little more about our front line team below:
Lyla Adwan-Kamara - CEO
Lyla is CEO of Merton CIL and has been since August 2012. She has a background in marketing, research, and international development. Lyla lives in Merton with her husband and two children under 5.
Stuart Butler - Service Manager
Stuart is our Service Manager. He joined the advice team from Citizens Advice where he worked as an outreach advisor. Stuart also has an extensive background in advocacy. He read classics at Kings and has a degree in Law from Birkbeck, as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.
Theresa De Sweit - Policy and Strategy Manager
Michael Turner - Policy and Strategy Manager
Michael joined Merton CIL in April 2018. He has worked in the disability filed for many years with a range of organisations. Before joining Merton CIL he spent eight years working on co-production with the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Charlotte Wilson - Office Manager
Charlotte joined Merton CIL in May 2015 and graduated from Brunel University, with degree in Law. Charlotte has past expereince in communications.
Karly Francis - Caseworker (Health and Community Care)
Karly joined in May 2015 and specialises in health and community care. Karly has past experience in advocacy as well as having graduated from Hull University with a degree in Physics. Karly trains in Disabled water skiing.
Lizzie Wilson - Caseworker (Housing and Community Care)
Lizzie joined Merton CIL in 2017, where she specialises in housing casework. Lizzie has a Masters of Law.
Nick De Bessou - Caseworker (Welfare)
Nick joined Merton CIL in 2017. He is currently studying for a Law Degree and has a background in advice and advocacy. Nick specialises in benefits and appeals.
Pippa Maslin - Trainee Caseworker
Pippa lives in Merton and joined in October 2018. She has been a secondary school teacher and a university tutor, and has completed a master's and a doctorate.
Cheryl Giddy - Trainee Caseworker