Meet the team

Mark Booker (Owner)

Mark, the founder of Independent Living, oversees the business and helps provide care for customers who prefer a male carer.  The business was set-up in 2011 and it has been steadily built up to become a strong recognised brand in Chorley, Leyland, Parbold and Standish, and the surrounding areas.  Mark has built up a tight knit strong team which allows Independent Living to give our customers a high quality personal service.

Outside of work, he looks after his two children and likes to keep fit. Mark is an established member of Leyland Rotary Club, a trustee of a local Carers’ Centre and has provided support to Chorley FM and Chorley Football Club.


Amanda Barlow (Registered Manager)

Amanda has worked in care for over 15 years and her bubbly cheerful personality is popular with our customers and their families. In her spare time she is completing an additional care qualification.

You will probably see the “Ask Amanda” column in the Local Life and Leyland Leader Magazines!

Amanda is an artist, she enjoys painting and drawing and she also likes spending time walking her dog.

Lilian Leighton-Martin (Care Manager)

Lilian is our experienced care manager and has worked in home care in the Leyland, Chorley and the Preston area for a number of years.  She supports Amanda in working with our carers and customers to deliver a first class service.  Our Registered Manager (Amanda) is Lilian’s daughter so they get on well and make a good team!

In her “spare time” Lilian is completing an NVQ Level 5 in Social Care.  She likes to go on holiday on cruises and to Cornwall.

Pat Holgate (Audit & Compliance)

Pat works in our office on compliance related matters.  We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for personal care and Pat ensures that our staff and customer files are in order.  A key role is to conduct 6 monthly reviews with our established customers and if you take our services  she will come out and see you.

Outside Independent Living Pat works part time for another local care organisation.  She likes to spend time with her family and grandchildren and often takes holidays to the Lake District.

Nicola Hughes (Finance)

Nicola is a freelance accountant and has worked with Mark since the company was started in 2011.  As you would expect from an accountant she has a great attention to detail and makes sure the company gets paid and complies with company law.  In 2011 our owner Mark Booker was new to business and it was Nicola who had to patiently explain how things should be done!


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