Our professional development team provide training and support to help members start and grow their business.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers since 2004 and openly thank our past and present members for their voluntary contributions in making APDO a membership body to be proud of.
We would like to introduce our current stars of the show:
Lisa has been running her company Clutter Free Living Ltd in Bedfordshire since 2016. She is a registered Social Worker and specialises in working with people with hoarding behaviour, ADHD and mental and physical health challenges.
She loves being part of the training team, working with her Professional Organising colleagues to spread the word about our amazing industry and support new members into the field of Professional Decluttering and Organising. Lisa is also the Membership Director for APDO and a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care.
Kate has recently joined APDO’s training team whilst continuing in her role as Head of Social Media. Kate has a background of delivering group work and has trained, and continues to mentor, her team of franchisees for her business – A Tidy Mind. She’s been in the industry since 2015 and has volunteered for APDO since 2016.
She has always had a strong passion for training, believing that it’s good to continue to develop knowledge and keep learning. Alongside running her businesses and being a mum, she is also training to be a psychotherapist.
Kate loves the decluttering and organising industry, is keen to share what she has learnt and is exited to be part of others’ journeys.
Caroline recently completed a masters in positive psychology and coaching psychology and loves applying her learning to anything connected with our industry. An enthusiastic member of the training team, and proud member of APDO since 2014, she enjoys meeting and working with anyone who is interested to know more about professional organising.
Caroline set up Room to Think in 2013. She focused her MSC research on the association between clutter and wellbeing. Alongside professional organising, Caroline also has a coaching practice. The learning and reflection within both practices feed and support each other. She lives in East London, looks like a vegetarian and enjoys walking, laughing, debating, learning.
Lynda has been decluttering and organising professionally since 2012 when she started Tidy Rooms.
She has 10 years experience as a Charity Volunteer Manager and Community Fundraiser, as well as Corporate experience in Facilities Management and PA roles.
Lynda has a degree in Information Management and is a logical thinker who loves to get alongside people to support them with their practical and emotional needs.
She loves being part of the APDO community and stays connected with the growing membership through blogging, supporting the conference and professional development team and facilitating the local Surrey APDO network.
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.
Siân Winslade is the founder of Inspired Living Cheshire.
After 25 years working as a teacher, she decided to use her organisational and coaching skills to help her clients declutter and organise their homes and their lives.
Siân believes she has finally found her passion and her tribe. As part of the conference support team she is looking forward to helping make the future conferences memorable ones.
Karen loves creating beauty and order from chaos and clutter and she enjoys helping individuals and businesses to simplify and streamline processes and spaces to optimise performance and joy.
Karen is thrilled to be volunteering within the conference team.
Debbie lives with her husband and two handsome border collies in Derbyshire where she recently established Simple Living Today.
During her working life she has managed many teams in various roles, organised and delivered a wide range of events in various settings, including the hospitality, retail and wedding industry and worked operationally and logistically in creative venues.
She is so excited to be part of the conference team and is looking forward to helping facilitate the forthcoming events this year.
Sarah runs the APDO Book Club, which encourages our members to read more, learn together and stay connected.
She enjoys the recommendations, observations and conversations that the book club raises and would love to host or attend some form of book club forever!
In early 2019, Sarah began to fulfil her dreams: she set up her professional organising business, Organising Solutions, and became an academic librarian.
Sarah is passionate about learning and aims to help others overcome barriers to helping themselves, while being on hand to offer expert support.
Sarah is most happy when she is categorising, simplifying or decluttering and loves solving all kinds of organising problems.
Mel is the owner of More Organised, helping busy women and families to simplify their homes, lives and businesses. She started out her career as a museum curator, before moving to the Middle East for 12 years, leading business development and marketing teams for international law firms.
More Organised began as a blog in 2015, but its popularity quickly convinced Mel to quit her career and move her family back to Scotland to open More Organised Ltd in 2017.
An APDO member ever since, Mel now uses her marketing and blogging experience to help promote APDO, and loves to encourage and support APDO members to write their own content and share their expertise.
Pulling off a successful annual conference takes real teamwork and this year the conference committee supporting Sian Pelleschi as Conference Director are: Debbie Varley, Karen Plaatjes, Sian Winslade and Lynda Wylie.