The Board

Michael Holden

Chairman
Michael, who has Motor Neurone Disease, is a member of several organisations; alongside the Centre for Independent Living, in NI he is also a member of the European Network for Independent Living in Brussels as well as Deputy Chairman of a patient working group at the Royal College of GP’s here in Northern Ireland.<br /> Mr Holden has been involved in numerous projects to help assist people living with disabilities including the launch of his website ‘Trip-Ability’, working in the education sector to advance disability awareness training and addressing conferences to highlight the challenges people with disabilities can face in relation to finding employment.

William (Bill) Riddall

Treasurer
After 30 years as a manager in the Lloyds Banking Group, Bill retired home to NI. An Economics graduate of Exeter University, Bill also has several professional and postgraduate qualifications. He was involved in UK disability rights campaigns and was a board member of a number of UK charities in the arts and disability. He is also currently a board member of Disability Action NI. As a tetraplegic wheelchair user, he is committed to the integration of disabled people into all aspects of political and social life in Northern Ireland; promoting independent living; and improving arts access.

Angela Hendra

Board Member
Angela has been a wheelchair user since 1958 as a result of a spinal abscess. She was rehabilitated at the world famous Stoke Mandeville Hospital Spinal Unit where she was introduced to wheelchair sports. This has been a lifetime passion of competing internationally for over 20 years including 4 Paralympic Games. Angela was awarded the MBE in 1991 for services to Sport in Northern Ireland. She is also holder of Ireland’s highest Paralympic award (the Paralympic Order) for services to sport in Ireland.served on National Bodies British Wheelchair and Ireland Wheelchair Association.</p> <p>Angela worked as a cytotechnician in the Belfast City Hospital for 42 years until retirement in 2010.</p> <p>In 1996 Angela accompanied Philomena McCrory on a study trip of disability services throughout the United States. Their joint report was the basis for setting up Centre of Independent Living in Northern Ireland. Angela is also a founder member of Disability Sport NI and it’s former Chair.</p> <p>Angela is deeply committed to improving the services for disabled people impacting all aspects of their lives including access, health and social care, mobility and transport. She served as an adviser to the Eastern Board on disability issues and as a Lay Inspector for the Board’s former Registration and Inspection Unit. Angela is a member of Habinteg Housing Association’s Housing Management Committee.

Mike Hendra

Board Member
Mike has a lifetime of experience of physical disability, since the onset of paraplegia in 1965, and is a wheelchair user. He retired from the NI Civil Service in 2006 following 36 years working in the Health and Social Care, including 14 years as policy manager for Community Care.<br /> Mike has played a leading role in the promotion of Disability Sport over many years and represented Ireland in Sailing in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. He served as a board member of Habinteg Housing Association (Ulster) Ltd until 2013, and is a founder member and former chairperson of both Belfast Lough Sailability and the Centre for Independent Living NI.<br /> Mike brings a wealth of experience to the promotion of Independent Living in it’s fullest sense. He has been married to Angela for over 40 years.

Ronan Murray

Chair of HR & Governance Committee
Ronan has worked in both the voluntary & statutory sector for the past 18 years supporting both disabled people & their families/carers to become active & independent members of their local community. Ronan is also a wheelchair user. Ronan has been a long standing member of the Board & he also chairs the HR Sub Group.

The Centre for Independent Living provides a range of services to disabled people, including older people, people with learning disability and mental health service users.

Self Directed Support helped me get my confidence and independence back. It meant I didn’t have to completely rely on my family for support. Having a PA has enabled me to start living my life independently.

Katy Megahey
Service User

Check out our handy FAQs to see responses to commonly asked questions