Our Team


Margaret Hanson - Chief Executive

Margaret has more than 30 years’ experience working across the private and third sectors. Over the last 13 years she has worked exclusively charities and health, with previous roles including Vice Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board in North Wales and Chief Executive of Age Concern North East

Paul Edwards - Assistant Director, Corporate Services

Paul is Assistant Director for Corporate Services. Initially appointed to oversee the finance function, his role has expanded to include responsibility for incorporate Housing and Property, Training, IT, Quality and Audit services. He is a CIPFA qualified accountant with a background in local

Kim Mason - Business Growth Manager

Kim has worked for Imagine Independence for over 20 years, during which time she has seen the charity adapt and transform into its current position today. Kim began her career with Imagine working in our administration team and as PA to the Executive Management Team before progressing to Business

Lorraine Riley - Assistant Director, Lancaster

Lorraine joined Imagine Independence in Sept 2017. Her role as an Assistant Director is to lead services across Lancashire and Cumbria, including a specific lead around Transforming Care work plan Lancashire and Greater Manchester. She qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 1992, her 25 year

Neil Donovan - HR Manager

Neil joined Imagine Independence in July 2019 after 28 years working for Royal Mail, where he spent 16 years overseeing all aspects of HR. At Imagine Independence Neil is responsible for the overall day to day management of our HR function and staff development. A lifelong Everton supporter, he

Sophie Mangara - Senior Operations Manager, London

Sophie is Imagine’s Senior Operations Manager for all our London services. Her background is in working with both children and adults in councils, private and third sector health organisations. She started her career supporting clients with learning disabilities and mental health before progressing

Elaine Mather - Deputy Chief Executive

Elaine works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management Team to oversee and contribute to the strategic development of Imagine Independence’s vision. She leads a portfolio of services and is accountable for leading and developing operational services, ensuring they meet and

Lisa Kearney - Senior Operations Manager, Lancashire and Cumbria

Lisa joined Imagine Independence in July 2019. She is a mental health nurse by profession and has a wealth of experience supporting people with a range of different needs including learning disabilities, physical health conditions and issues relating to drug and alcohol misuse, as well as people