Thank you for your interest in Camphill Village Trust and our search/drive for our new CEO.
It is now 10 years since Huw took up the role as the Trust’s first CEO and following a decade of change and challenge, he will leave a very different organisation as he moves onto new opportunities within the sector. Our Trust journey is however far from over, and our ambition to continue to innovate and develop is stronger than ever.
Therefore, the role of CEO in our Trust is not just about the challenges of the here and now – although we do not underestimate how tough it is across the social care sector at the moment – it is also about the Trust adapting and using/applying its unique resources to respond to our changing world, including the present and post Covid context.
The demographic profile of the UK brings new demands to social care providers, and disabled people’s expectations in respect of care and support are rightly more ambitious and individually focused – at a time that sector funding, short and longer term, is under real pressure.
There has never been a more important time for our Trust and wider social care to have a confident voice and to accept its role in building supportive, integrated and inclusive community. Our pioneering past built on mutual relationship, contribution and recognition has been the platform for our drive towards establishing a robust culture of co-production and co-development across the Trust. Real progress made - but always more to do.
In recent years we have rebranded, undertaken a major investment in technology, introduced new models of support such as Shared Lives, and continue to develop contemporary systems and structures to support almost 600 people and 600 colleagues nationally.
Our new CEO will need to work positively with colleagues and Trustees to ensure these practical developments continue within economic realities, but they will also have to personally lead on the promotion of our Trust culture and values, which seek to recognise, involve and respect everyone’s contribution to our present and future.
We are proud of our achievements, but realistic about the challenges ahead, so we need a CEO who can motivate and inspire people within our Trust, tell our story to others and ensure our growing influence and recognition within the sector and wider society continues.
If you are inspired by our story and feel you have the personality, skills and experience to be part of our future, we would really like to hear from you. This is a great role in a unique organisation.
Huw John, CEO and Brian M Walsh, Chair of Trustees
Welcome from Brian Walsh OBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees