Chair: Jo Jacob – Benella
Jo Jacob started Benella 12 years ago due to a passion for organising and to create her own business to work around her family. Jo began in the area of home-staging but fell in love with decluttering and organising. Business grew after several clients who she decluttered for asked her to be their PA, so business is a mixture of regular PA clients and numerous decluttering/organising clients who she also acts as PA for. Jo has had a lot of experience working with hoarders. Although she does not actively seek these jobs, Jo has been working with a counsellor and psychologist, Stellios Kiossis, in this field for the last six months. Some business is word of mouth but the majority is via APDO. Jo has been a member for 11 years now and is very proud of how much it has grown. benella.co.uk
Cory Cook – Cory Cook Professional Organising Services Ltd
Cory Cook, managing director of Cory Cook Professional Organising Services Ltd is originally from Las Vegas. Cory’s background ranges from VIP service roles in the hotel and casino industry to the corporate media world of the US newspaper, ‘USA TODAY’ which brought her to London in 2001. Following training and development of her skills in organising and time management, Cory left her sales and marketing position with the newspaper, to launch Cory Cook Professional Organising Services Ltd in 2010. Cory’s expertise is in office organising, time management and productivity for business owners and their teams. Cory has been a proud member of APDO since 2010 when she launched her business. corycook.com
Shula Levy – Out of Space
Having worked as a financial project manager for nearly 20 years, Shula felt it was time for a change of career in 2016. By chance she stumbled across a professional organising and decluttering service and immediately knew that this was the job for her.
In February 2016, Shula attended the APDO “Starting a professional organising business” course and as they say “the rest is history”. Over the next four months Shula researched, planned and trained in various aspects of running her own business, including where to start and how to succeed. Shula also did courses on the social media she wasn’t familiar with and built her website. By the end of June, Shula felt ready to hand in her notice and had her first paying client on 15 July 2016.
Shula’s favourite job is helping to organise a move. To get people ready to start afresh in a new place, guide them on how to leave their current life behind and face an exciting new future. This is always an emotional journey; not everyone moves out of free will and to be able to support them physically as well as emotionally is very rewarding and satisfying. Shula has teamed up with a company that specialises in downsizing for the elderly as well as removal companies generally – and this is where her passion and organisation skills come to life. Visit outofspace.london for more information.
Amanda Manson – Orderly Home and Office
Amanda Manson, owner of Orderly Office and Home, has been working with a variety of clients in need of organising help since 2011. Amanda helps anyone from busy people who just need a few extra tips to get their work or living space back in order, to clients who run small businesses from home and who need a productive workspace, help to organize paperwork and guidance with planning. Amanda’s mission is to help her clients to simplify, streamline and organise. Amanda has been a member of APDO since January 2012. Having been responsible for member compliance, she is now APDO’s member co-ordinator. orderlyofficeandhome.co.uk
Jasmine Sleigh – Change your Space
Jasmine Sleigh runs Change Your Space, in Devon. She has been in the professional organising business and an APDO member since April 2013. She has improved over 100 homes and offices in the south west.
Her work background is in public sector business management and she also holds a degree in Psychology and Counselling. Her service is based on pragmatic improvement and most projects are completed within two months. The service declutters, organises and offers tips on how to sustain that progress. About half of her current work is from public referrals and half from private clients.
In 2014 Change Your Space was shortlisted for “New Business of the Year” for the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 Jasmine trained over 400 professionals in how to address hoarding positively.
Change Your Space has been featured in publications such as “Prima”, “Devon Life”, and the “Talented Ladies Club” blog. changeyourspace.co.uk
Julie Stevens – Younique Designs Ltd
Julie started her interior design consultancy in May 2007, so at the time of the conference it will be approaching its 10th birthday!
Julie has a real passion for creating ‘happy homes’. However, for many people a designed happy home is a distant dream. Julie empowers her clients to get organised and tidy, thus fuelling them to believe that their dream can become a reality. She knows that our environments affect how we feel, think and behave and therefore offers a full interior design and project management service, alongside her online courses, live master classes and project mentoring, for those that want to go it alone!
Julie is an approved ‘House Doctor’ consultant and also offers home staging and property search services with a solution called ‘Goodbye House: Hello Home’. Julie has been an APDO member for a year and half. youniquedesigns.co.uk