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APDO UK - Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK 

BooND - Büroorganisation Büroordnung Netzwerk Deutschland 

ICD - Institute for Challenging Disorganization 

JALO - Japanese Association of Life Organisers

NAPO - The National Association of Professional Organizers

NBPO - Nederlandse Beroepsvereniging van Professional Organizers

POAA - Professional Organisers Association Africa 

POC - Professional Organisers in Canada

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About AAPO

The Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO) was incorporated in November 2005 as a non profit organisation to educate the public about Professional Organising and benefit members by growing the industry.

Our committee is made up of volunteer members from two counties, across several different time zones, but we all share one thing in common: we're passionate about organising, growing our industry and professional development.

In 2011 we developed AAPO's first Strategic Plan. The process of doing this has given us clarity about the direction of the Committee and how we can best assist our members. All activities are conducted under our main 3 portfolios: Membership, PR and Events. Each Portfolio is managed by a Committee member (see below) and has a uniform structure.

See AAPO Strategic Direction 2013

See AAPO Strategic Plan 2011 - 2012

See AAPO Organisational Chart

President - Carol Martyn

Carol Martyn from Dr DeClutter has been a dedicated AAPO volunteer since starting with a role on the 2012 Conference Sub-Committee where she experienced the potency of working with other professional organisers.  With the team, Carol was able to achieve record numbers of sponsors and attendance at the annual Association’s conference in Melbourne.  In 2012 Carol was elected Vice President and has thoroughly enjoyed serving the Association through this Executive Committee role.

Continuity for AAPO is vital and Carol’s immediate experience as Vice President enables her to bring this stability to both the Executive Committee and the Association as a whole.  As President Carol looks forward to leading the Executive Committee to assist, grow and promote our industry.  Major components of this include: professionalism, accountability and transparency to the Association and its’ members.

Carol is committed to fostering commercial, international and professional relationships that support AAPO and its members.

She’s genuinely honoured to be leading the Executive Committee to ensure AAPO fulfils its’ vision to be ‘internationally recognised as Australasia’s premier industry association for leading and developing Professional Organisers.’

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Vice President - Amanda Lecaude

Amanda Lecaude established Organising You in Melbourne several years ago and is often told by those around her that she’s a born organiser with excellent time management skills.  In her business Amanda now uses these skills to help others achieve balance in their home and work environments and takes genuine pleasure in seeing how the results make a difference to the lives of her clients.

Amanda is looking forward to stepping into the role of Vice President and working with the dedicated Executive Committee.  She would like to continue the great work achieved by previous members including the numerous volunteers who have contributed so much to AAPO over the years.

Over the next 12 months Amanda would like to focus on providing leadership and continuity to help achieve the Association’s strategic goals.  Along with Amanda’s experience in strengthening policies and procedures, she has the intention of supporting all members and the growth of the Association in general.

Amanda is also looking forward to confidently communicating these goals with the members as well as creating greater awareness of AAPO in the wider community. 

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Secretary - Vicki Koutroubas

Vicki Koutroubas is the creator of Your Personal Organiser in Perth WA.  Your Personal Organiser specialises in paper work management, organising the spaces in people’s homes and home offices and organising the space in small businesses.  Your Personal Organiser has recently added Concierge services to it’s service profile.

Vicki has a strong belief in the valuable resources of time and people and thoroughly enjoys the process of organising.  Vicki holds a marketing degree, is an AAPO Member of three years and active in the WA AAPO Forum.  This will be Vicki’s second term as AAPO Secretary.

“I remember attending the first AAPO Conference in 2006, I was very excited and motivated by the people attending and presenting at the conference.  There are many people I remember who have been active in AAPO since and have continued forward with their businesses.  This has been very encouraging”.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Executive Committee and AAPO Members in the role of Secretary.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions.”

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Treasurer - Chantal Imbach

Chantal Imbach’s motto is ‘Don’t panic – Organise!’. She continually developed her skills and gained valuable experience during her 20-year career as a Personal Assistant, Office Manager and Financial Controller. After becoming a parent, relocating from Switzerland to Australia and being a volunteer and member of several committees, she decided to follow her passion for organising.

She founded Simply In Order in 2012 and offers hands-on assistance, virtual consultations and workshops in the Melbourne area. Straight away she became an active AAPO member and is working towards becoming an accredited member.

I believe the professionalism of the career path for Professional Organisers will yield valuable gains for us all. I am sure it will become even more important in the future, considering how many new members AAPO has welcomed recently and how fast the industry is growing.

I feel honoured to have been elected as Treasurer and look forward to a productive year on the Executive Committee.

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General Committee 

Susanne Thiebe

Membership Portfolio Manager

Susanne Thiebe started her business LessMess in 2006 and joined AAPO in the same year.

She was the Assistant and Forum Coordinator in Sydney and was the leader on the inaugural Accreditation subcommittee.  Before joining the Executive Committee in 2012 she was the Chair of Forum Coordinators sub Committee. She is an Expert accredited Professional Organiser.

“I hope to bring all the experience I had with my longstanding involvement with AAPO to the Executive Committee. I know how members feel about AAPO, what they want out of it. I am going to focus on member involvement and communication. My motto for the second term will be people before procedures.”

Trained in Germany, Susanne has an engineering degree in Interior Architecture. She is married and mother to three school aged boys.

Her business Less Mess is specialising in family management and office organisation. Her experience as a Project Manager on building sites led her to specialise in big projects where multiple Organisers, sub contractors and supporting services are coordinated.

Susanne writes a regular blog and newsletter that contain organising tips, product information and snippets of her families personal journey to live a life less stressful and more fulfilling.

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Carolyn Verhoef

PR Portfolio Manager

Carolyn Verhoef has a passion for getting the most out of life and living in creativity. Her passion to help others achieve their goals through organisation and empowerment to live their life’s purpose has lead Carolyn to launch Outside the Box Organisation Solutions in 2007.

“What inspires me most is guiding others to realise their potential and assisting them to take those first steps to success. Having the opportunity to be a part of AAPO's growth and development inspires me to grow and learn more ways I can assist people in their lives.”

Carolyn joined AAPO in January 2008 and is an active member of the Perth Forum. Carolyn served on the National Organising Week subcommittee and PR subcommittee throughout 2011 and became Chair of the PR subcommittee in 2011/12. Carolyn earned the PR Portfolio Award 2012 in recognition for work in the Professional Organising Industry and was elected as PR Portfolio Manager in 2012/13.

Carolyn is an “EXPERT” Accredited Professional Organiser, has over 20 years experience in small business management, experienced workshop facilitator, qualified dance teacher and certified in team coaching and development.

If you have a question relating to AAPO Public Relations and the Media please contact Carolyn.

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Robyn Schultz

Events Portfolio Manager

We all have dreams. The passion behind Robyn’s life, her business and involvement with AAPO is to recognise and encourage potential, helping people achieve the life they dream of.

Her businesses Entirely Organised and Organised Teens bring a practical, sustainable approach to Lifestyle, Time, Home Office and Small Business Management empowering people to succeed.

Robyn established Entirely Organised in 2007 and has been an active member of AAPO since. With a background in Physiotherapy and over 25 years in small business she strongly believes in the credibility and professionalism a strong industry association brings to individual businesses.

“As a growing industry I feel we all benefit from having passionate and talented members forming a professional and influential voice in the community and business world.”

Robyn is an Accredited Expert Member of AAPO and held the position of Qld Forum Coordinator from 2009-11, was part of the Conference subcommittee in 2009, a member of the National Organising Week committee in 2011, NOW Chair in 2012 and is excited about serving another term as Events Portfolio Manager.

"I look forward to further developing opportunities for our association to showcase our industry and skills of our members, particularly on a national platform.”

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Immediate Past President - Sarah Cottman

Sarah Cottman is passionate about order and loves to organise, motivate and teach the overwhelmed how to get on track! Her Professional Organising Consultancy, Heavenly Order began in November 2006 and in 2009 the Organiser Training branch was added to the business.

Seeing the need for Professional Development for Organisers, Sarah was the first Chair of the PD Sub Committee in 2010, adding her expertise and knowledge in this area.

“I love helping people reach their potential! I’m keen to promote the growth and professionalism of qualified Organisers, both nationally and internationally.

I’m delighted to continue serving the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President and look forward to speaking to Members instead of writing reports! If you have a question, please ask.”


  • Executive Committee 2007-today
  • Sydney Forum Coordinator 2008
  • Forums Leader 2009
  • Presidents Award 2010
  • Vice President 2012
  • President 2013

She has a strong business background having been in small business for nearly 25 years. Still married to the same man after 27 years they share 3 grown children. Sarah has a sincere zeal for supporting family life through her work as a Professional Organiser, Trainer & Speaker.

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NOW Chair – Rebecca Summerville

Conference Chair – Denise Childs

Accreditation Chair -  Vacant

Professional Development Chair – Elizabeth Krop

Forums Chair – Angela Esnouf

PR Chair – Carolyn Verhoef

Newsletter Editor – Melissa Sleegers

Social Media Co-ordinator – Vacant

Social Media Co-ordinator Assistant - Kaarin Toivonen

Website Co-ordinator – Laurel Grey

Forum Meetings

AAPO has Forums in many parts of Australasia. Prospective members are invited to attend a Forum meeting to meet members and learn more about AAPO. Contact a Forum Leader to make arrangements.

Forum Co-ordinators

Forum Co-ordinators & Assistants


Brisbane (QLD) - Forum Co-ordinator

Karen Morgan

Brisbane (QLD) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Debbie Buckley

Melbourne (VIC) - Forum Co-ordinator

Angela Esnouf

Melbourne (VIC) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Nicola Evans

Perth (WA) - Forum Co-ordinator

Ilana Napier

Perth (WA) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Sophie Hammersley

Sydney (NSW) - Forum Co-ordinator

Amelia Lange

Sydney (NSW) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Rachel Zehner

Adelaide (SA) - Forum Co-ordinator


Adelaide (SA) - Asst. Forlum Co-ordinator


Virtual - Forum Co-ordinator

Kristy Dillon

Virtual - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Noela Collins


AAPO President's Award Hall of Fame

Each year at AAPO’s annual conference, the President bestows an award to recognise outstanding service to AAPO and the organising industry in Australasia.  Congratulations to all recipients of the President’s Award.  Your contribution is much appreciated.


2013    Bec Johnston

2012    Leslee Stroud

2011    Roz Howland

2010    Sarah Cottman

2009    Wendy Davie  

2008    Wendy Hanes 

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