TLAP team members

Tim Parkin, Interim Head & Senior Policy Advisor

I work for TLAP as a senior policy advisor, working across a range of projects.  My career has been spent in social care in different roles that have included policy and strategy; partnership work; commissioning and project management. Previously  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.

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.


Martin Walker, Policy Advisor for Personalised Commissioning and Self-directed Support.

I have worked in Local Government for many 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 use this knowledge to help areas work out what’s the best approach and practice for them in their ongoing work to embed personalisation. I have written many articles and created resources on direct payments on the TLAP website.

Ian Hanton, Policy Advisor for Care Markets and Commissioning

I have worked as a local government commissioner for over 15 years notably leading the Supporting People partnership in Northamptonshire, collectively developing services and initiatives strongly informed by the expertise of lived experience. I've also worked in third sector organisations largely focused on housing, homelessness, mental health, drugs and alcohol in a career driven by a commitment to equalities and social justice.

I'm currently working for Central Bedfordshire developing af accommodation options for older people as well as being seconded to TLAP two days a week. Here, I'm promoting innovations in community-centred support and invite recommendations and applications to join the Innovations Directory; helping shift good practice from the margins to the mainstream.


Kate Pieroudis, Co-production Advisor

I support the National Co-Production Advisory Group (NCAG) having previously helped shape co-production at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). 

I’m passionate about people who use services having a voice - working in partnership with professionals to share power and be involved in designing and delivering services all the way through to seeing how well they are working. believe people closest to problems are often those closest to solutions.

I have many years experience within disability user-led organisations in project work, policy and campaigning roles including Disability Rights UK and the Stroke Association. 

Melanie Powell, Project Support Coordinator

Having worked in multiple and diverse roles across the charity sector, mainly in health and education, I recently joined TLAP in the role of Project Support Coordinator. I have just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and have a particular interest in social justice and civil liberties.

A new edition here at TLAP, I joined the team to help those with lived experience live their best life.

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. I previously was Head of Marketing and Communications for a leading provider of support for people with autism and learning disabilities, where I became a passionate about personalisation and person-centred thinking.

I enjoy supporting the TLAP partnership with promoting personalisation, and especially keen that its work is seen as relevant and practical. 


Sara Zmertych, Communications Manager

I am TLAP's Communications Manager. I have worked mostly for the not-for-profit sector for charities supporting refugees and migrants, people with mental health difficulties, 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 least cared for people and helping to give them a voice.

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.