Meet The Team at Merton Centre for Independent Living 

 You can find out a little more about the team at Merton CIL below.

Merton CIL Organisational Chart 2021 - Illustrations of trustees and senior management team

We are currently co-managed by our senior management team.


Senior Managment Team

Stuart Butler - Advice & Advocacy Service Manager

Stuart is our Advice and Advocacy Service Manager and joined Merton CIL in 2015. Stuart has an extensive background in advice and advocacy, joining us from Citizens Advice. He read Classics at King's College London and has a degree in Law from Birkbeck, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.


Charlet Wilson - Communications & Office Manager

Charlet was born, raised and lives in Merton. She joined Merton CIL in 2015. Charlet graduated from Brunel University with a degree in Law and has a background in communications. Charlet looks after external and internal communications and supports with the running of Merton CIL. She also manages our Craftivism and Chat project. 


David Jenkins - Project & Evaluation Manager 

David joined Merton CIL in April 2019 with a focus on the evaluation of Disability hate crime across a number of London boroughs. David has an Economics degree from University College Cardiff, as well as a diploma in Marketing, and has previously held senior positions in Nielsen Market Research, HJ Heinz and IMS Consumer Health.


Michael Turner - Policy & Strategy Manager 

Michael joined Merton CIL in April 2018. He has worked in the disability field for many years within a range of organisations. Before joining Merton CIL, Michael spent eight years working on co-production with the Social Care Institute for Excellence.



Front Line Team

Karly Francis - Senior Caseworker (Community Care)

Karly joined Merton CIL in May 2015 and specialises in community care. Karly has past experience in advocacy as well as having graduated from Hull University with a degree in Physics. In her spare time, Karly trains in Disabled water-skiing.


Pippa Maslin - Caseworker (Benefits and Low Income)
Pippa lives in Merton and joined Merton CIL in October 2018. She has been a secondary school teacher and a university tutor, and has completed a master's and a PhD.

Adrianne De Rizzio Palmer - Caseworker (Disability Hate Crime) 

Adrianne joined Merton CIL in June 2021, after graduating with a degree in Law. Adrianne has experience within the charity sector, including case working - with a Criminal Justice focus, as well as varied voluntary work.



Paula Brown - Trainee Caseworker 

Paula lives in Merton and joined Merton CIL in 2019.


Sarah Jeffers - Trainee Caseworker 

Sarah originally joined Merton CIL in July 2019 as a casework support volunteer. She then progressed and became our office administrator in October 2020 and in April 2021 joined our casework team as a trainee. Sarah has a degree in Communications and 10 years experience in the charity sector working to empower Deaf and Disabled people. In her spare time she enjoys creative writing, going to gigs and swimming. 

Maddie Cowey - Trainee Caseworker
Maddie studied Classics at Warwick University and spent a year studying in Rome. She graduated in 2019, going on to intern with Sarcoma UK as well as working in hospitality and as a nanny. Maddie enjoys blogging and volunteering in her spare time. She joined Merton CIL in April 2021.
Lisa Dors - Office Administartor  

Lisa joined Merton CIL in June 2021. Lisa studied at Birkbeck University London and graduated in 2021 with a degree in Business and Human Resources Management. Previously worked in the law sector as a receptionist/administrator. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading, going to concerts and travelling.