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Three new Directors have been appointed to innovative national charity, Camphill Village Trust, as it develops its bold vision to be a leader in social farming and green care

They will join the Executive Management Team in leading the transformation of Camphill Village Trust’s unique nature and land-based social care and supported living offer for adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health support needs.

As the charity marks is 70th anniversary next year, it will build on its rich history by enabling more people it supports to live healthy, active, and independent lives of opportunity in their ten communities across England.

Sally Watts has joined the charity as the Supported Living & Green Care Director. She will lead supported living and registered services, co-production, enterprise, education, and therapeutic activities. She has ten years’ experience as a director in the social housing and supported living sector.

Claire Twaites, is the new Estates Director, leading the charity’s aspirations for environmental sustainability, farming and land management and unlocking the potential of its assets. She brings a broad range of expertise in estates, facilities, commercial, residential asset investment and environmental sustainability gained in large public, educational and commercial organisations.

As the new Fundraising & Communications Director, Matthew Wilkley will focus on sustainably growing the charity’s voluntary income, increasing awareness and deepening engagement with existing supporters. Matthew was previously Director of Income Generation at Independent Age, the UK’s leading charity for older people in poverty and led communications for national youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.

Working with the Chief Executive Sara Thakkar, Sally, Claire and Matthew will join a Leadership Team operating across a national platform.

Sara Thakkar said: “I am hugely pleased to welcome Sally, Claire and Matthew to our Executive Management Team. They join at an exciting time as we head towards the charity’s 70th anniversary next year.

“With their leadership and expertise, together we will build on Camphill Village Trust’s rich history to ensure we can continue to provide a life of opportunity for people with learning disabilities and autism for many more years to come.

“As we emerged from the pandemic, we re-set our expectations on quality standards, clarity of purpose and future ambition and I know that their contribution will enable our big, bold plans to become reality.”

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