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
  • President

    Katherine 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, a role she took on in October 2016.

    On 1st April 2018 she stepped up as APDO President. Having seen membership numbers double since joining the Board, Katherine is about to embark on her third year in this post. She is excited to see where the Association goes next!

    Contact: president@

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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 which 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 thoroughly enjoys being part of the team.

    Contact: conference@

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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
  • Head of Membership

    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@

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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 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@

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  • Liz Aitken

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of Projects

    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@

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  • Julie Stevens

    APDO Board Members
  • Head of Professional Development

    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@

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  • Marcella Caricasole

    APDO Board Members
  • Marketing Director

    Originally from Italy, Marcella spent 25 years working in London in the creative industry, a busy and inspiring environment where she was surrounded by excellent design. Her roles in client services, project management and human resources required organisational skills and attention to detail to the highest standards and made Marcella a good listener and communicator.
    She set up Thinktidy in 2016 with the idea of helping people to live better lives. Alongside Thinktidy she organises and supports a marketing agency in their Operations department.

    Contact: marketing@

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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@

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  • Hayley Robertson

    APDO Board Members
  • Treasurer

    Hayley is passionate about organising and supporting others. This led her to launch her Professional Organising business, Organised by Hayley, in early 2019 after working in the NHS for 14 years. With a background in Management Accounting and Corporate Affairs at a senior level, Hayley felt that the APDO Treasurer role was a perfect match for her skills and experience.
    She is very much looking forward to working alongside APDO’s Accountant and Bookkeepers to guide the Board in financial matters.

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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 was involved in organising the annual conference for several years.

    She was the President from March 2014 and became the first Immediate Past President from 1 April 2018.

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