The APDO Board

The Board is responsible for the management and direction of the Association, meeting virtually or in person on a regular basis and working closely together.

APDO Board members and its support team all give their time voluntarily alongside running their own professional organising businesses.

  • Katherine Blackler

    APDO Board Members
  • Immediate Past President

    Katherine joined the wonderful world of Professional Organising from a corporate background bringing her people and process organising skills into her own business as well as APDO’s operations.

    She served as the APDO President from April 2018 to April 2021, stepping up from her original role as Head of Partnership and Campaigns from October 2016.

    Katherine thoroughly enjoys spreading the word about our industry and empowering people to change their space to make their everyday living easier.

    As Past President, she continues to be one of APDO’s key spokespeople and is confident on TV, radio, podcasts etc

    Contact: pastpresident@apdo.co.uk

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  • Siân Pelleschi

    APDO Board Members
  • Conference Director

    Sian's love of organising took her on the path she hadn't anticipated when she set up Sorted! in 2016 just after the birth of her first child and came across APDO and its welcoming community of other organisers shortly after.

    She had previously worked in the events industry, both in venue sourcing and events management, for over 15 years managing both UK and International conferences on small and large scales and set up her own events business in 2011.
    Sian continues to run her events business, mainly focusing on venue sourcing and contracts, in the background to running her decluttering business.

    The chance to combine her love of both events and decluttering has come in the role of Conference Director. As Sian loves to problem solve and get stuck in to the hands-on stuff when it comes to organising the opportunity to continue the legacy that Conference has become is a welcome challenge and one Sian looks forward to working on moving forward.

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  • Lisa Pantling

    APDO Board Members
  • Membership Director

    Lisa has been volunteering with APDO since December 2016, phoning new members to welcome them to APDO and supporting them to make sure they meet our compliance requirements, as well as running local events for her neighbouring APDO members.

    Based on the contact she’s had with new members to-date, she is focussing on member retention to identify how APDO can best help our current and future members.

    Alongside her decluttering and organising business, Lisa is registered as an independent social worker and works with clients with hoarding disorder. She has previous experience in health and social care as well as adult safeguarding, bringing a additional insights to the APDO board.

    Contact: membership@apdo.co.uk

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  • Katherine Harris

    APDO Board Members
  • IT Director

    Katherine entered the world of professional decluttering after having her first child. Having always believed that decluttering and organising were a vital part of creating a relaxing home environment, or running a successful business, she decided to change career and created A Fresh Start.

    Having previously been a teacher, Katherine hopes she will be able to continue helping people improve their lives through the wonderful world of decluttering and organising.

    Katherine's interest in IT and technology led her to apply for the role of Head of IT on the APDO Board and she enjoys being part of the team.

    Contact: tech@apdo.co.uk

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  • Liz Aitken

    APDO Board Members
  • Projects Director

    Before setting up Carefully Sorted with business partner Julia Durand, Liz had a rich and varied career across many sectors: industrial relations, the music industry, arts education, charitable fundraising and, latterly, financial services and risk.

    She has corporate experience managing people and projects as well as monitoring compliance and governance of individuals and departments.

    With this professional background, her steadfast resolve coupled with a great sense of humour, the Board felt she was perfectly placed to keep the APDO Board on track with its ambitious deliverables for 2019 and beyond.

    Contact: projects@apdo.co.uk

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  • Julie Stevens

    APDO Board Members
  • Professional Development Director

    Julie is a degree-qualified Interior Designer and certified House Doctor Consultant who runs design masterclasses and mentoring programmes alongside her professional organising and decluttering business.

    She has taught Interior Design to BTec HND students and during 2019 will be launching a range of online courses and programmes.

    As a life-long learner herself, she is passionate about making learning and development accessible to all. She jumped at the chance to help shape APDO’s professional development offerings and we were delighted to catch her!

    Contact: profdevt@apdo.co.uk

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  • Marie Bateson

    APDO Board Members
  • Volunteers Director

    Marie became a professional organiser three years ago after always wanting to start her own business and having felt so much job satisfaction when organising spaces for friends and family and herself.
    Alongside her decluttering and organising, Marie does part time Project Management work and is the new UK coordinator for Home Sweet Home, our conference sponsor.
    With a background in Sales, Customer Service Management, Training, Business Development and Project Management for corporate companies, Marie is a great fit to manage our volunteers.
    Marie says " I am interested in people and after being a volunteer for APDO myself I am delighted to support the association and meet more of the organisers through this role"

    Contact: volunteers@apdo.co.uk

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  • Jacqueline McLeod

    APDO Board Members
  • Communications Director

    Jacqueline joined the board of APDO in May 2021 after entering the professional world of organising in 2020.

    With a 20 year background in Project Management and Corporate Communications for big business, Jacqueline has always loved developing, managing and organising projects of all sizes and in particular finding ways to maximise productivity and efficiency.

    Combining this with her love of all things home and her passion for empowering other women to succeed, she set up her own business which is focused on helping others to organise and manage their homes and small businesses so they can thrive.

    Jacqueline loves to promote the benefits of being organised and the joy it can bring and will wax lyrical on this any chance she gets!

    As the board’s Communications Director she looks forward to working with the team to extend our reach, raise our profile and demonstrate the value of the association to existing and future members; and of course, prospective clients.

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