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. 


Claire Cassidy - Project and Evaluation Manager



Theresa De Sweit - Policy and Strategy Manager



Michael Turner - Policy and Strategy Manager



Charlet Wilson - Office Manager

Charlet joined Merton CIL in May 2015 and has a degree in Law from Brunel University. 


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)

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.


Anjou Armstrong - Hate Crime Advocate

Anjou joined Merton CIL in 2017 and has a background in statutory support services.  She handles all hate crime casework and outreach.