Chair & Trustee Recruitment

Our Directors & Trustees

Sara Thakkar 

Chief Executive

Sara is a recognised senior leader. She has rich and diverse experiences within the public, private, enterprise and third sector. Her leadership roles have been grounded in the commitment to tackle injustice and equality and her approaches reflect an ability to work alongside people and communities to develop their roots; to bring a sense of identity, choice and belonging. Sara is equally passionate in her approach to build on individuals and communities wings; co-creating the art of the possible to make a real and lasting positive difference. She recognises that roots keep us grounded and wings give us flexibility and freedom.

She began her career in education and family support, working with families with complex needs within communities affected by significant disadvantage.  She has spent the last 20 years undertaking a number of CEO roles in community-focussed third sector organisations across the country.  She has extensive experience in providing high-quality care and support services, strategic communications and change management, new homes development and land management.

Sara brings a commercial head and a social heart to the Trust. Her business and finance qualifications support her approach to balancing fiscal oversight with clarity of purpose. She is a highly experienced non-executive having held a number of Board and Trustee roles throughout her career and has undertaken a number of governance advisory roles across a range of sectors. She is currently a Board member for a Housing Association and the Chair of a Business Enterprise Agency.


Annabel Arkless

Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Annabel joined Camphill Village Trust in 2017 as our first Director of Fundraising, bringing over twenty years of fundraising and marketing knowledge to the charity. Since joining us, Annabel has worked to add depth and breadth to the fundraising and introduced a small marketing team, whilst increasing efficiencies. Annabel lives near York and in non-Covid times, splits her time between home working and the Appeals Office in Botton Village.

Balbinder Lally (Bally)

Finance and IT Director (Company Secretary)

Bally joined the Trust in 2013 having previously worked for large accountancy firms providing services to corporate and not for profit organisations. Based in the Midlands Bally leads the Finance, Payroll and IT team across the Trust Since joining Bally has implemented a new finance system and processes bringing financial efficiencies and is currently leading our digital transformation programme across the Trust.

Mark Denny 

Director or Operations

Mark joined Camphill Village Trust in March 2009 as the Trust’s first employed general manager, moving to Operations Director 3 years later. Mark has worked in senior positions in both the NHS, private and charitable sector since 1986, prior to this he worked for 8 years in the NHS after qualifying as an RNLD and RMN.

In the last two years his role has developed more towards managing our extensive building and land holdings including new developments, cap-ex, pre-planned and reactive maintenance and Health and Safety responsibilities.

Mark lives in Tewkesbury and is based largely at home with some time spent at Eagle House, Stourbridge, our base in the West Midlands.

Janine Moorcroft 

Director of Care and Support

 Janine joined the Trust in July 2018 as Deputy Operations Director and after a short period the role was reviewed and re-named as Director of Care and Support. With a local authority background Janine brought the knowledge and experience of managing a multifaceted provision for a range of people with support needs; in addition Janine has brought experience of working within a political environment and directly with commissioners.

Within the Trust Janine takes the lead role in quality and the General Managers of each community report into this role. The role of Director of Care and Support also has nominated individual status for the organisation in relation to our registered provision. Janine enjoys the variety of the role and the outcomes for the people we support which we embrace through our co-productive approach.


Brian Walsh, Chair of Trustees

Brian’s career began in 1982 as a trainee social worker working with deaf people.His career since has involved senior positions in the charity and statutory sectors, including disability charity Scope and, most recently, Coventry City Council. He was recognised for his services to social care with an OBE in 2015. Brian is also a board member of Skills for Care, a charity providing support for adult social care organisations in recruiting, developing and leading their staff team. He became a trustee of Camphill Village Trust in October 2016. Brian is also chair of the Board of Directors at QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film.

Felicity Chadwick Histed

Felicity has 20+ years experience as a Trustee for local, regional and national UK charities, including Rethink, NUS Charity Services, Richmond Youth Partnership amongst others as well as current board Trustee roles with the National Autistic Society and the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Felicity spent 12 years in major fundraising roles for Samaritans, Citizens Advice and the Royal Free Hospital Charity. She has 14 years of experience as a board director for private sector companies. She was Chair of the Board of Trustee for Camphill Village Trust Sept 2014 – Sept 2016.

Tim Bishop

Tim Bishop has more than 35 years of experience working in health and social care and will be using this experience as a Trustee. Tim has held senior roles in adult social care and within NHS organisations, and is currently the Independent Chair of the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board, a Lay Member on the Governing Body of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and an Non-Executive Director on the board of Optalis a Local Authority Trading company that provides social care in Berkshire.

Steve Godwin

Steve’s connection to the charity is through his daughter who has been a resident in a Camphill Village Trust Community for many years. Steve is the principal of a professional advisory service is experienced in management, strategic planning, marketing, business development and innovation, sustainable growth and social enterprise. Steve oversaw the appointment of the charity’s first social enterprise role and will continue to contribute to the development of social and income generation enterprises across the charity.

Karen Walker

Karen's sister lives in the Grange Community and has been in Camphill for over forty years. Karen has had a long career in education and is now the Regional Director for a large multi academy trust. She is committed to improving the education and life chances for all, including the most vulnerable children, and helping them realise their potential.

Jean Henderson

Jean is a qualified social worker and has extensive senior management experience within both the statutory and voluntary sector. She brings a comprehensive understanding of health and social care service provision, and volunteering, to Camphill Village Trust.

Lindsey Wishart

Lindsey is a qualified accountant with an established career in finance within social services. She also has significant experience in the financial governance of national not for profit learning disability organisations. She is committed to supporting people to find good outcomes in their lives and recognising the skills and assets that each person has.

Jeremy Young

Jeremy is a Marine Biologist. Camphill Village Trust he says provides communities in which people can flourish and support each other, enjoying companionship and contributing meaningfully rather than just being cared for. Jeremy is also keen is keen to encourage community members to participate better in the wider community. His son lives in a Camphill community.