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Our Team:
Sophie Fournel, Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Fournel

In 2010 I became a Director of CiLK. I was made a paid employee in September 2012 to work on a coproduction engagement project for Kent County Council, with The Simon Paul Foundation, producing the report: “Towards a Better Future – Making it Work: A Report on a Project to Support the Development of Services for People with Physical Impairments in Kent”.

Since completion of this report I am staying on at CiLK as the Project Manager. I am continuing to liaise with Kent County Council, other service providers and other Disabled People’s User Led Organisations to work towards strengthening the organisation and driving it forward, with the support of Donna and the Directors to ensure that CiLK continues to offer services that promote independent living and empower its members and other Disabled People living across Kent and Medway.

I am a Disabled Person living with a mobility impairment. I was diagnosed with MS in 2005. As for my background, I have a degree in Journalism specialising in PR and Publicity. After university and after travelling the world for a year I fell into Commercial Property Investment. After being made redundant, the best thing to happen as it gave me the kick up the backside I needed, I went on to secure a fantastic opportunity as Facilities Manager with Unity 12, a community interest company owned by Southampton Centre for Independent Living, Disability Advice and Information Network and Hampshire Coalition of Disabled People, before moving to Kent in 2010.

In my spare time I am the voluntary Area Organiser for the charity Sportability. I organise sporting events for people with neurological conditions, spinal injury and paralysis. This year we will be gliding, canoeing and the ever-popular quad biking.