Thank you for your interest in Camphill Village Trust and our search for a new Chair and Trustees.
I am stepping down after six very happy years as Chair of the Trust and, in this time, we have seen an unprecedented period of change and challenge. Whilst we have a deep and rich history to draw on, our ambition to continue to innovate and develop is stronger than ever and we strive for excellence, ensuring that quality, equality and inclusion is at the heart of all that we do.
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 when 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 a supportive, integrated and inclusive community. Our pioneering past was built on mutual relationships; 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 has been made - but there is 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 continued to develop contemporary systems and structures to support almost 600 people and 600 colleagues nationally.
Our new Chair will set a positive leadership and Board culture, holding accountability for the direction and control of Camphill Village Trust, in collaboration with the Board and Executive team. We will also look to you to be an ambassador, representing and promoting the Trust externally, whilst upholding its culture and values which seek to recognise, involve and respect everyone’s contribution to our present and future. Our new Trustees will work with the Chair, other Board members and staff to help realise our vision and strategic objectives.
We are proud of our achievements, but realistic about the challenges ahead, so we need a Chair and Trustees who can motivate and inspire people within our Trust, ensure that we uphold the highest standards of governance and that we continue to grow influence and recognition within the sector and wider society.
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.
Brian M Walsh, Chair of Trustees