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Christine Johnson - Chair
My career path spans both the private and third sector. I spent 28 years working for Bank of Scotland in various roles, leading to Director Product and Relationship Management. I then moved to the Charity sector where I worked in Bethany Christian Trust, a homeless charity, as their Income Generation Director, responsible for bringing in the income to run the charity.
I retired early, as my MS was making full time work hard, and now enjoy having time to give to various groups as a Trustee and Chair. The work with Camphill Scotland is proving very interesting and I am learning so much about the work of the various communities in Scotland.
I have three grown up daughters, an elderly mum in Aberdeen I help look after, a long suffering husband, and a lovely collie dog, Molly!
Andrew Plant - Vice Chair (Milltown)
I am the Camphill Scotland delegate for Milltown Community. I have been a Camphill co-worker for over 35 years - first in Northern Ireland and then in Scotland. I have been actively involved in the work of Camphill Scotland since its beginning and am currently the Vice Chair of the Council. I have a keen interest in the on-going development of the Camphill communities and in issues to do with the development of the world wide movement of intentional communities in general. I am a founding member of the Camphill Scotland Research Group.
Alistair Ritchie (Newton Dee)
Following a long career with the Police service and in private industry I moved into voluntary work on retirement. I became a member and later the chairman of the Local Management Committee of Newton Dee and my present involvements now include: Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Newton Dee Camphill Community Limited, Trustee/Director of the charity Aberdeen Lads Club, Authorised Signatory to CRBS for Disclosure checks for 88 Rotary Clubs in North Scotland, Member of the NHS Grampian Clinical Ethics Committee, Assessor for Burgesses of Guild for Aberdeen. I live in Aberdeen with my wife Evis but can more frequently be found helping out with my grandchildren.
Bob Leggate (Beannachar)
I graduated from St Andrews University in history/economics in 1970 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974. I worked mainly in senior financial positions in the oil industry until appointed bursar at Robert Gordon's College in 1991. I remained in that post until retirement in 2011, gaining considerable experience in charity law and finance. I am currently a trustee of Camphill Beannachar, Camphill Social Fund and Lathallan School. I am married with two children and two grandchildren.
David Nicholson (Corbenic)
I joined Camphill in 1989 and have lived and/or worked at Mourne Grange, Clanabogan, Beannachar and Corbenic communities. I am now the Corbenic Finance Manager and Deputy Manager. In addition to being a Trustee for Camphill Scotland I am also involved with Camphill Social Fund, Camphill Insurance Agency, Camphill Central Scotland Trust and Ochil Tower Retirement Trust.
Gordon Davies (Ochil Tower School)
For many years I was Global Property Director of GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric. Upon returning to Scotland in 2006 I was appointed Estates Director at the University of Dundee, a post I held until the end of 2014. I now work part-time as an independent mediator, supporting various organisations and the Sheriff Courts.
Helen Darwell (Loch Arthur)
I have been the Camphill Scotland delegate for Loch Arthur Camphill Community since 2001. I have been involved with Camphill for nearly 30 and have a keen interest in supporting the development of Camphill Communities into the future. For the last 26 years I have lived in one of the shared houses in Loch Arthur and am responsible for all aspects connected with it from the daily mundane to the more complex issues, both for the house and the community. I am a trustee for Loch Arthur and am on Loch Arthur's management group.
Jason Glass (Camphill Blair Drummond)
I joined the Camphill Blair Drummond community in early 2008 as their Director of Operations. I have over 24 years' experience in health & social care, with a range of roles in both the private & third sector. Since joining Camphill Blair Drummond, I have had the pleasure in leading the community through a significant period of growth and change. I believe that the knowledge and experiences gained from various roles and my interest in supporting people to realise their potential, will enable me to support the work of Camphill Scotland and the growth of Camphill communities in the future. I am also a trustee for the Camphill Central Scotland Social Fund, Ochil Tower School and Loch Arthur Community. The balance to all this is my wife and three girls who provide a different range of joys and challenges!
Jeannie Carlson (Simeon)
I am the delegate for Simeon Care for the Elderly, a Camphill Community devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of older people. My interests are largely directed towards developing sustainable elder care in Camphill settings. I joined Simeon as the registered manager and vocational Camphill Co-worker in 2005. I have over 35 years' experience in health and social care in Camphill Communities in the USA, France and England.
Laurence Alfred (Camphill School Aberdeen)
I have been a co-worker at Camphill School Aberdeen since 1978 and recently was appointed Executive Director of the School. Besides being a dog owner, mad keen Chelsea supporter and former manager of the Camphill School Football club I am married and together we have four children. My professional interests lie in building partnerships in an attempt to 'Get It Right for Every Child', teaching in the BA in Social Pedagogy and in understanding the complexity of human relationships. For 25 years my wife and I were house parents in Witiko.
Margaret Swerling (Tigh A'Chomainn)
I am Camphill Scotland's youngest trustee, however, I hope that my forty years of Camphill experience together with my fresh outlook can be a positive influence for promoting great practice, embracing diversity and understanding the importance of community. Growing up in Camphill was a privilage in that I was able to share experiences with lots of unique and wonderful people from all over the world. I have also experienced the challenges that are faced in community. This has given me an extensive tool box for responding creatively to change. As one of the registered managers in Tigh a' Chomainn I have a variety of roles which include cooking as well as office work. However, I am always happiest doing things together with others.
Sandy Walton (Tiphereth)
I am the Camphill Scotland delegate for Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh. I have lived and worked in our community, facilitating its development, for over 16 years. Starting as a co-worker in our community within our Day Service working in the craft workshops, I have had many roles; from Day Service Manager to House Coordinator and from Residential Manager to Quality and Public Relations Manager. Throughout the diversity of roles my interest has always been in working alongside others and in supporting and promoting the Camphill ethos, which underpins our daily life within a framework of quality legislated care.
I have worked in the education sector; with school governors, with the Waldorf Intensive School of English and in the Bristol Steiner Waldorf School. I am motivated by environments where social relationships are based on mutual care and respect and where people have the opportunity to develop both individually and together.