Camphill Scotland welcomes new DirectorType: News
Published on: 1st June 2020
As the Camphill movement celebrates its 80th birthday, Camphill Scotland is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director, Emma Walker, who will start work with us on 10th June. Camphill Scotland’s Chair, Marcus Sangster said:
I am delighted that Emma will be joining Camphill Scotland as our new Director.
Camphill is deeply rooted in Scotland and Emma will be leading our small team to continue to help the 11 Camphill communities to engage and promote a philosophy that puts people, community and respect for individuals at the heart of everything they do.
She joins at a time when the values of Camphill seem increasingly relevant to society as a whole, and will resonate as Scotland reflects on the implications of the current pandemic.
Emma joins an organisation that under its current director, Dr Neil Henery, has gained recognition and respect for its positive contribution to welfare and well-being in Scotland. Emma has a deep personal commitment to the values that have sustained Camphill in Scotland for 80 years, and I know that our Trustees are looking forward to working with her and supporting her in her new job.
Emma’s track record in energetic and responsible leadership, influencing policy, public speaking and staff management is significant. She has worked with children with learning disabilities and her specialism for many years in community engagement was access and equality for people with a disability.
At her core Emma is a campaigner for change, and as well as her recent political experience she has a background in Scottish arts and culture, social pedagogy and mental health.
On being appointed, Emma told us:
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead Camphill Scotland at such a unique moment. To be joining at a time when we are celebrating Camphill’s 80th birthday, whilst simultaneously facing challenges both within the sector and globally, is an honour.
I look forward to working with my remarkable colleagues and to support the inspirational communities of Camphill.