Our senior management team has 4 members of staff.

Ian Silver, Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive, Ian Silver, has over a decade of experience in the charitable and housing sector. A qualified nutritionist, Ian has worked closely with communities and organisations designing, developing and delivering innovative programmes and research projects. These projects were focused on addressing social equalities, particularly concerning health, environmental behaviours and employment in some of the most diverse and socio-economically deprived regions of the UK.

Taking a collaborative approach, Ian has worked with organisations throughout the UK, including DEFRA, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, NFAP (one of UK’s most influential sustainable food programmes) and London 2012 in the design and delivery of London 2012 Olympic Games Legacy projects in London.

Ian joined in 2013 as Operations Manager and as Chief Executive brings a clear vision in realising the potential of self management uk in supporting more people living with long-term health conditions.

If you would like to know more about our work or discuss how we can work together, Ian can be contacted on email ian.silver@selfmanagementuk.org or mobile 07500 039713.

Lynn Richards, Head of Operations & HR

Lynn joined EPP CIC in November 2007 with the responsibility of setting up, managing and developing the Human Resources (HR) service and strategy.  

Lynn is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and has gained HR experience in both private and not for profit organisations.  Over 15 years of her experience is in health and social care, including working with the Anchor Trust (a Charity providing care and housing for older people) and Deepdene Care (a private provider of residential care for adults with mental health needs). 

Lynn has gained significant exposure to the complexities of managing Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE), handling large volume employment relations cases and change management activities.  She is passionate about ensuring that HR activities are closely aligned with, and support the achievement of business objectives.

In 2016, Lynn was appointed as Head of Operations and HR.

Grace Smith, Head of Finance

Grace's main career was with a wide variety of NHS Organisations across London and Kent. She started as a trainee accountant, became qualified worked in Finance and then was promoted to Group Director with responsibility for patient environments within community settings and more general management responsibilities at an Acute NHS Trust.

For the last thirty years Grace has supported local charities through a number of committee and Trustee roles by providing financial administrative support as the Treasurer and completing the annual accounts, including; the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust; Special Needs Football Club Sutton Eagles; Community Works (Sutton Food Bank) and currently the Mental Fight Club. 

Grace joined self management uk in 2016.

Sarah Barker, Head of Sales & Marketing

Sarah joined self management uk in 2014 to oversee the organisation's transition to a charity.

Sarah's background is in commercial marketing and sales. She worked for the Caudwell Group for 10 years in both the UK and Hong Kong, setting up an office in the region in 1997. Her role as Executive Marketing Manager involved all product management, marketing activities and the setting up of websites for mobile phone manufacturers Nokia and then Motorola.

Sarah moved to Yale, part of the Assa Abloy group, in 2005 as EMEA Marketing Manager with responsibility for product, marketing and brand activities across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

2 years of caring for family coupled with running a local market-produce stall and contributing to a cookbook website saw Sarah move to London in 2012 and seek a new challenge.

Sarah's passion for people with long-term conditions comes from personal experience of family members. Her desire to improve their care pathways and ensure they receive the right care at the right time is what drove her to accept the role with self management uk.