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 has a masters in positive psychology and coaching psychology and loves applying her learning to anything connected with our industry. Her research on the association between clutter and wellbeing was published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2021. She is also a qualified meditation teacher.
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. Alongside professional organising, Caroline is a trained coach offering mentoring to Professional Organisers at all stages of their practice. The learning and reflection within all aspects of Caroline’s work 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.
Jaime is the founder of Thoughtfully Organised Homes, based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
She began her Professional Organiser journey in 2018 and loves supporting clients to achieve their goals.
She believes that her APDO Membership connects her to a friendly, supportive community and provides lots of opportunity for professional development and growth - all of which, has been really beneficial for her business.
She is so pleased to be part of the Professional Development team and is excited to help the association, and fellow APDO members.
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.
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.
Emma’s love of organising prompted her to start her own business – Calm and Collected Spaces - in 2021. Having previously worked for over 17 years as a project manager and in operational roles for companies that supply products and services to the events industry,
Emma jumped at the chance to assist APDO with the annual conference.
Anne is an information professional, an expert in documentation and the author of the core textbook used internationally to train librarians, Practical Cataloguing (London: Facet; Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2012; new edition due 2021).
She offers writing, consultancy and training through Beginning Cataloguing, and has worked on the books and papers of several writers and artists.
This led her to discover professional organising and APDO, and from January 2021 she has opened her service more widely through Tidy Beginnings, which offers easy-to-access private librarianship, professional organising, decluttering and virtual organising.
After a quarter century working with institutional collections, she is enjoying helping people with their home and studio libraries, and, increasingly, with objects other than books.
Anne is using her experience as a librarian and writer to co-organise the APDO Book Club and provide support to the blog team.
Nicola joined APDO in Jan 2021 after setting up her company, Life of Libra.
She’s based in Brighton and works with clients to declutter and organise their homes to get the balance back in their lives. Following a career in project management, HR and operations in the IT industry, Nicola brings productivity, organisation and mentoring experience to her clients.
Nicola enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks on the beach with her dog and reading her ever-growing pile of books. As a lifelong bookworm, Nicola is delighted to be volunteering as co-organiser of the APDO Book Club.
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.