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Resource Director Camphill Village Trust

Join us at this exciting time of growth in this newly reshaped leadership role as we continue our over 65 years of experience, knowledge and passion in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health problems and complex needs.

  • Location: Homebased with regular national travel
  • Salary: up to £120,000

Who we are

Since its foundation in 1954, Camphill Village Trust has been providing supported living and a range of predominately land-based activities for people with learning and other disabilities We empower the people we support to lead more connected, fulfilled lives with meaning and purpose. We use enterprise and the natural environment to enable skills and opportunity. We call this  “a life of opportunity” and we believe, that with the right support, it is possible for everyone.

Spread across sites in North Yorkshire, Teesside, Hertfordshire, Stourbridge and Gloucestershire, we operate nine communities, a Visitor Destination Centre, a Training Academy and a Shared Lives Scheme across England, providing homes, social farms and gardens, art and crafts and retail and enterprise opportunity for over 500 adults across our nine communities and services.

The Trust is undergoing significant change in a post-COVID environment and refreshed leadership at board and executive levels in the Trust. There is an ambition to grow, mitigate challenging cost risks within the social care markets, build on its strong balance sheet as a property owner, and continue to improve quality whilst building on its unique position as a leader in green care day opportunities and supported living for adults with learning and other disabilities.

About the role

This is an incredibly exciting time for the Trust, and we are now seeking a Resource Director to support our future development and ambitions. This is a brand-new position combines existing roles in finance, ICT, business assurance and transactional HR. You will be part of a high-performing, collegiate executive team providing excellent business partner-enabling functions that best suit the Trust’s needs. Our Resource Director will act on behalf of the client functions to drive strong financial management and create the platforms for long-term financial sustainability, digital innovation, strong business assurance and highly qualified human resource support.

The post has been reshaped to enable focus on the strategic financial sustainability of the Trust’s unique approach to adult social care in relation to homes, estates, farming, enterprise, fundraising and commercial opportunity. This will enable us to unlock the potential to directly influence long-term sustainability (both financially and to the planet) co-designed with and for the beneficiaries of the Trust.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative and inspiring leader with an exceptional senior leadership track record of success in an organisation of similar scale and complexity. As our Resource Director, you will bring demonstrable experience in developing strategies, target-orientated plans, and policies and controls that have delivered long-term financial sustainability, value for money, commercial acumen, and clear ambition for an organisation.

You will be a strong people leader, able to galvanise multi-disciplinary teams and functions and partner with the Chief Executive, leadership colleagues and the Board of Trustees to achieve the purpose and driving goals of the Trust.

You will have strong financial acumen alongside a proven track record in change management and transformation, critically able to take people and teams with you on the journey through a supportive and approachable leadership style. Whilst experience in charity finance would be an advantage, it is not essential.

Above all else, you will demonstrate a passion for our cause and be committed to inspiring and influencing the development and support of positive behaviours that, in turn, create a culture of trust, integrity, inclusion and accountability underpinned by an ethos of co-production and meaningful engagement.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Hello and Welcome to the Trust

Thank you so much for your interest in applying for the role of Resources Director at Camphill Village Trust.

This is a pivotal role both for the Trust and the final piece of the jigsaw for me, as I create a high-performing and experienced leadership team at an exciting time of growth and opportunity across our Charity.

Following the pandemic, we have taken time to learn, re-emerge and recognise our huge ambition and potential longer-term goals. We launched our “Brilliant Basics” strategy in 2022-24 to re-build, learn, develop and strengthen our basics following the pandemic. The space enabled the Board, Executive and Charity to assess our strengths, test our ambition and recognise the opportunity for transformation and innovation by building on our history to create a sustainable long-term future for the Charity.

We will launch our new corporate vision, values and long-term goals as part of our 70th-year anniversary in late Spring 2024.

As we approach the next phase of that strategic development and the next chapter of our story, we are seeking a Resources Director to complement our fantastic, high-performing and collegiate senior leadership team. This is a newly shaped position for the Trust that will consolidate our emerging business partner-enabling vision and will combine finance and investment, PMO, ICT and digital transformation, business assurance and our People Partner function (HR).

The role will work across the business, developing high-quality business support that ensures great internal customer service, best practice, and a culture of partnering and active engagement to enable the operations to achieve our goals and fulfil our potential. From homes and property to supported living, enterprise to education, farming and land to cheese making and retail we are diverse, full of passion and actively work in a culture that is person-centred, co-designed and always focussed on those that we are here to support.

If you are a passionate and collaborative experienced senior leader with strong financial acumen and a fundamental commitment to our values and cause, I encourage you to apply and you too could be saying that you have the best job in the world – as I do each and every day.

Best wishes and good luck.

Sara Thakkar
Chief Executive

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

About Camphill Village Trust

Each of our nine communities is different; from Botton Village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors covering over 1,000 acres of farm and countryside, homes, a shop, post office, theatre, church and creamery to our Stourbridge and St Albans communities that are more urban-based with town centre flats, bungalows and houses. Each community offers a wide range of green care day activities, from social farming and gardening and arts and crafts to retail, catering and estate management opportunities.

As we approach our 70th year and following significant changes in both its operating model (2015/16) and its re-emergence from the pandemic, the Trust has reviewed its purpose and positioned itself to return to its roots as a national leader in Green Care and Environmental Sustainability with a desire to maximise its impact to create active, healthy lives for adults with a range of learning disability, autism and mental health problems.

The Trust’s long-term objectives are to provide adults with learning disabilities and other mental health problems with the opportunity and autonomy to live healthy, active and independent lives through maximising our relationship with the environment, active support and education/therapeutic activities. The Trust’s aim is to ensure that the people we support have fulfilled lives and promote their potential for independence, choice, inclusion and control.

Our vision

To see more people with learning and other disabilities lead a life of opportunity.

Our mission

To empower the people we support to lead more connected and fulfilled lives and make informed life choices.

Our Values

Building connections

Camphill Village Trust offers a sense of belonging and community. That means we create opportunities for friendship, connecting people to build a community so they can feel valued rather than isolated.

Enabling potential

Camphill Village Trust enables people to develop, grow and be heard. This means we build confidence, and the voice of the people we support informs what we do at every level.


Promoting purpose

Camphill Village Trust promotes meaningful, healthy living. This means the people we support live an active life and can contribute to the wider community on an equal basis.

Environmental respect

Camphill Village Trust values and cares for the environment. This means that we see a connection between the environment we live in and our well-being and promote living sustainably and in harmony with the natural world.

Social impact

Camphill Village Trust believes our people and resources should make a positive contribution to society.

This means we support and develop initiatives to challenge issues faced by vulnerable members of society, which enable the people we support to achieve greater integration into the wider community.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

    Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 27th November 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 1st December 2023
    First Stage Interviews: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2023
    Informal meetings: Monday 18th December 2023
    Final Interviews: Monday 18th December 2023

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