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 voluntary alongside running their own professional organising businesses.

  • Katherine Blackler

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  • President

    Katherine has joined the wonderful world of Professional Organising from a corporate background including Events Management, Personal and Executive Assistant roles, Office Management and Project Management.
    Her experience in the corporate world made her the perfect choice to liaise with our corporate and charity partners as our Head of partnership and campaigns since October 2016.
    She then has stepped up as APDO President from 1 April 2018 and is excited to see where the association goes! Katherine is one of APDO's Ask an Expert panel.

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  • Sammy Ryan

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of Conference Management

    With a career in Human Resources, Advertising, Film and Television, Training and IT , it is easy to see how Sammy has become fascinated with developing processes that make people’s lives run smoothly.
    She loves using a common sense approach to help her clients solve their ‘flapsi-hapsi’ situations, minimise all that tedious admin and discover how technology can really work for them.
    Six years ago she discovered Professional Organising – an exciting next step in her career. Then she found APDO – a group of like-minded and supportive people equally excited about our profession. She is very much looking forward to being part of the team.

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  • Sarah Bickers

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of Membership

    Previously a physiotherapist working with disability, and with an interest in ADHD, Sarah is well equipped to help clients overcome obstacles to being organised. She started Free Your Space in 2014 and enjoys working over a longer period to achieve real change.
    Professional development is a priority and so she is proud to be an APDO member. Starting small by volunteering for APDO with a couple of small projects, she is now head of membership- helping things run smoothly as possible for members.
    Sarah loves encouraging new small business owners, so is excited to be part of APDO’s training team and is one of APDO's Ask an Expert panel.

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  • Hannah Young

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  • Head of Campaigns & Partnerships

    Loving working and living in Yorkshire, Hannah enjoys the variety of running her own Professional Organising business alongside other voluntary roles.
    Proud to be an APDO member, she would love for everyone in the country to know about APDO. That motive, along with a penchant for writing, Hannah is well placed to boost the profile of APDO and the industry through our collaborative partnerships.

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  • Katherine Harris

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of IT

    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 careers and created A Fresh Start. Having previously been a teacher Katherine hopes she he 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 board of APDO and she is looking forward being part of the team.

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  • Liz Aitken

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of Projects

    Before setting up Carefully Sorted with business partner Julia Durand, Liz has 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’s perfectly placed to keep the APDO board on track with our ambitious deliverables for 2019 and beyond.

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  • Ingrid Jansen

    APDO Board Members
  • Immediate Past President

    A Dutch mum of two, Ingrid started her company Organise Your House in February 2010. Not only does she have over 15 years' experience of working in facilities and office management, she's also managed housekeeping in large five-star hotels and worked as a lettings agent. She loves tackling all rooms in her clients' homes but specialises in wardrobes, kitchens and paperwork.
    Ingrid has been a member of the Board since 2012, and involved in organising the yearly conference for several years. She has been the President since March 2014 and became the first Immediate Past President from 1 April 2018. Ingrid is one of APDO's Ask an Expert panel.

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