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Our Team

We have a small team of highly experienced and qualified housing occupational therapists throughout the country. We are also constantly expanding our team to meet our clients’ needs.

Anava Baruch

Managing Director, Clinical Lead
BA Hons Occupational Therapy & MSc Ergonomics

Anava has many years of experience working as a housing Occupational Therapist for both the private and public sector.  She specialises in the inclusive design of domestic and residential buildings, aiming to provide aesthetic solutions for people who are less able.

Anava acts as an expert witness (under Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules), specialising in accommodation and equipment. Her knowledge and expertise have proven particularly useful for clients who do not want to move home and would prefer to have their property adapted to meet their needs. Anava is known for her ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions for complex problems.

Anava is a member of Bond Solon, Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health & Care Professions Council. She is also accredited on the APIL expert database.

Julie Brown

Senior Occupational Therapist

Julie has many years of experience working as an occupational therapist with clients of all ages. She is committed to finding client-centred solutions to enable individuals to lead fulfilling lives and to be as independent as possible.

Julie’s experience includes recommending major adaptations to the home to overcome environmental barriers or the recommendation of moving to a more suitable property including the features that the property requires. She is also experienced in providing solutions to moving and handling issues.

Julie has worked with clients with complex needs, including epilepsy, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. She has a Certificate in Sensory Integration and when needed, is able to incorporate her knowledge of sensory processing difficulties into adapting the environment.

Acer Morgan

Client Services Manager

Acer is a successful professional with a wealth of skills gained in the health & wellness product arena and business development sectors. She has a passion for delivering customer service excellence through clear technical detail combined with commercial acumen. A reputation for building strong relationships to deliver a wide range of business objectives. First class communication skills at all levels from one to one dialog to large group presentations. She has a flare for networking, a keen eye for detail and makes things happen!

Janet Langworth

Administration Assistant

Janet is a retired police officer and has many years of working with and supporting vulnerable people through the police force. She is a mum to triplets so her organisational skills are on another level!

Janet started working for Design for Independence 3 years ago to support administration of the business, we soon realised that she has a lot of transferable skills. She is a mastermind in project management. She takes an active part in our property search services and is extremely skilful in supporting our OT’s in identifying suitable properties for their clients.

Janet is focused on delivering results for our clients to ensure they receive the very best service.


We’ll be at the following conferences in 2019:

Previously Anava has given the following presentations:

  • NAIDEX 2018: Designing homes with a focus on visual impairment
  • Brain Injury Group Training Day, July 2018: Housing Adaptation and Accommodation Needs
  • Occupational Therapy Adaptation Conference (OTAC) Edinburgh 2017: Getting Adam back to Budapest
  • Child Brain Injury Trust Webinar 2017: Improving independence and mobility in the home following ABI
  • CMSUK Webinar 2017: Designing Homes with a focus on visual impairment
  • CMSUK/BABICM/VRA Joint Conference 2015: Technologies to improve the quality of life
  • Grand Designs London Show 2015: Ask the Expert feature on inclusive design
  • Epilepsy Action Conference 2014: Technological aids to minimise the fear and risk of injury during seizures
  • Blind Veterans Annual Meeting 2014: The provision of home adaptation
  • Naidex Homecare Show 2013 : Examining inclusive design