Emma Walker has been announced as the new director of Camphill Scotland, as the organisation marks its 80th birthday
A social care charity is set for a new chapter as it celebrates a milestone.
On the day that the Camphill movement celebrates its 80th birthday (Monday 1 June), Camphill Scotland has announced the appointment of a new director, Emma Walker.
She will replace Neil Henery, who has served in the role since 2016.
Most recently Walker has worked as a marketing and business development consultant, and was previously chief executive of Craft Scotland from 2008 until 2014. She also served as mental health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats until February of this year.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead Camphill Scotland at such a unique moment,” she said. “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.
Walker will start work next week (10 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.”