TLAP team members

Natasha Burberry

Natasha Burberry, Policy Advisor for Care Markets & Quality

I am TLAP’s Policy Advisor for the Care Markets and Quality work programme and will be heading up its popular forum.

I have spent over 20 years working in health, adult social care and regulation in various roles such as workforce planning, procurement, performance analytics and improvement planning. 

Besides managing Care Markets & Quality I'll continue working for the Eastern Sector Led Improvement Programme for Adult Social Care in East of England.

I value the positive impact of working in co-production and I am delighted to have joined TLAP in November 2018 to help address the market challenges across the adult social care sector with my colleagues and National Co-production Advisory Group members.


Linda Doherty, Senior Business and Project Manager

I am TLAP's business manager and also lead the partnership's Information and Advice work stream.

I hold a master's degree in social work from the London School of Economics. My first job was as a residential worker at 48 Boundary Road in Camden, a forward thinking residential establishment for people with physical disabilities where residents were very much in control of their care and support with staff acting as facilitators -much like personal assistants. This provided a strong grounding for the future.

I went on to work as a social worker for deaf children and for deaf adults in Greenwich and as a Team Manager at Wandsworth. I then worked as policy officer for ADASS for 9 years prior to being seconded to Think Local Act Personal where I helped to set up the partnership.



Catriona Duncan-Rees, Co-production Advisor

I have ten years experience promoting and delivering co-design and co-production in Stockport, Adult Social Care and more recently with BBC Sport where I've been skilling people to design and manage change for themselves.

I am really honoured to be working with National Co-production and Advisory Group members to actively promote co-production and identify more ways that it can be put into action across the country. 

National Co-production Advisory Group

TLAP co-produces all its work with members of the National Co-production Advisory Group . They are intgral to how we operate and are key to our success as a partnership.

Sanchi Murison

Sanchi Murison, Senior Communications Advisor

I work for TLAP as Senior Communications Advisor. I have worked in the voluntary sector for many years in communications, marketing and fundraising, and as a marketing consultant to many charities. My most recent full time role was as Head of Marketing and Communications for a leading provider of support for people with autism and learning disabilities, where I became a passionate user of person-centred planning tools. 

I’m pleased to have the opportunity to support the TLAP partnership with promoting personalisation, and especially keen that its work is seen as relevant and practical. I have a personal interest in dementia and am a dementia champion for the Alzheimer’s Society in my spare time.


Tim Parkin, Senior Policy Advisor

I work for TLAP as a senior policy advisor, working across a range of projects.  My entire career has been spent in social care in a range of different roles that have included policy and strategy; partnership work; commissioning and project management. Between 2009 and 2013 I worked across the South East of England for the Department of Health, and then the Health & Social Care Partnership, supporting policy implementation in the areas of personalisation, User Led Organisations, safeguarding, and carers.

Before coming to TLAP, I worked for Sitra, an organisation that represented supported housing providers, on a range of projects designed to link housing with social care, particularly in and around the development of the Care Act.

I greatly enjoy the opportunity that TLAP presents to contribute to the development of person and community-centred approaches, I particularly value working with a wide range of organisations for a common purpose and co-producing all we do with people with lived experience.


Caroline Speirs

Caroline Speirs, Head of TLAP

I spent over twenty years working in a variety of roles in local government social care departments including policy, commissioning and leading on personalisation.

It was a pleasure to join the TLAP team in the summer of 2014 and even more so to become its lead in 2017.   I relish the opportunity our partnership has to support the sector to continue to make the shift from policy rhetoric to reality on the ground.  Many of our partners deliver cutting edge, high quality approaches that are light years away from traditional, formal services and it is a privilege to showcase these person and community centred approaches as examples of the possible. 

Working with the National Co-production Advisory Group has made clear to me the change that takes place when you include people with lived experience at all levels.  It is heartening to see that more institutions and organisations are beginning to understand that co-production is not an optional extra.  Rather, it is fundamental to an approach that is based on mutual respect and sharing of power.

Martin Walker, Policy Advisor for personalised commissioning and self-directed support.

I have worked in Local Government for the past thirteen years with roles ranging across education welfare, children’s social work, neighbourhood management, and adult social care. Prior to this I worked in retail and the banking sector.

I contribute my experience of policy and change work at a local level to the exciting programme Think Local Act Personal is developing around Personal Budgets and Self-Directed Support.

I look at what works around the country and, in doing so, use this knowledge to help areas work out what’s the best approach and practice for them in their ongoing work to embed personalisation.


Sara Zmertych, Communications Manager

I am TLAP's Communications Manager with over ten years experience working in public relations. I have worked mostly for the not-for-profit sector for charities supporting refugees and migrants, people with mental health needs, carers and victims of crime. Previously I worked in special educational needs. Working for TLAP keeps me in touch with an important value for me which is working to make improvements to the lives of society's most vulnerable people.