Our Trustees

The current trustees of MRS Independent Living (Registered charity 801419) as elected at the Annual General Meeting July 28th 2015 are as follow:


  • Rebecca Henderson is a long-term Islington resident with a disability. She was formerly an advisor with Disability Action Islington and now serves on their management committee.
  • John Miles is a community worker and gerontologist who worked for Pensioners Link and TLC Care Services in Hackney between 1978 and 1998.


  • Jane Tilston is a Hackney resident who worked for public health in Hackney and Newham over three decades. She was a commissioner of health and social care in Newham before her retirement.


  • Stephen Steppens is a former Islington resident and service-user who joined the committee as a representative of the National League of the Blind and Disabled. He works for Clarity a charity based in Highams Park.
  • Des Hardiman worked for Camden Council before managing the technical staff at Mobile Repair Service until his retirement. He worked for many years as a sales manager with British Gas.
  • Siva Kalyan Patil who had a stroke ten years ago has been training as an accountant and spent time as a volunteer and part-time employee with Mobile Repair Service and has volunteered with Islington Credit Union.
  • Jane Straker is a Hackney resident and has been a regular user of the Staying Steady services. Before her retirement she worked as a translator and with the court interpreting services.