I worked in retailing in the clothing industry in South-Africa buying for up to 350 stores, responsible for a large budget, and travelled extensively worldwide. Seeking a complete change I moved to England to study at Emerson College for two years followed by one year at the Centre for Social Development, both Anthroposophical training centres based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. This led me to Nutley Hall where I have worked and lived since 1986. During my time here I obtained a Diploma in Social Therapy and have taken further trainings in Biographical work and End of Life Care which are of particular interest to me and have been invaluable in my work here at Nutley Hall.
During my career at Nutley Hal lI have seen the development of our way of life in the community, enabling the residents to reach their full potential through the various activities, the social and cultural life.
Before joining the Board of Trustees at Nutley Hall I was a Trustee at The Hermes Trust and Emerson College.
When not working I enjoy making the most of the lovely Sussex landscape and the rich environment of nearby cultural pursuits and travelling in the holidays.
My daughter Olivia has been a resident of Timberlee since 2007 and thoroughly enjoys life in the wonderful community of Nutley Hall. I have been involved in Nutley Hall as a Trustee for over 5 years and became Chair in 2015.
I bring a broad experience in Finance, Compliance and Management to the board of Trustees, having spent many years working in Financial Services in London. This year I am taking a break from this area of work while I study for an MsC in Rural Land Management but remain a director of a small Fintech business.
I have 4 grown up children and two grandchildren. Apart from spending time with my family, I enjoy gardening and running, not only as a means to keep fit but also to raise money for various charities including Marie Curie and Mind. I also enjoy walking and have completed some treks including the GR20 in Corsica and parts of the St James way, but generally opt for more leisurely visits to the Sussex Downs!
I have known Nutley hall community for many years, having visited many times and having friendships with several people living there. In September 2012 I was invited to attend a board meeting as a guest and following from that joined as a member. It gives me much pleasure to be able to serve this beautiful organisation, as an independent member having no relatives living there and knowing a number of residents from my time at the Mount Camphill community.
I have lived and worked in many Camphill communities since coming to Britain in the fifties, so I belief I can bring a broad spectrum of experience to the board, which functions well and serves the community and the residents whose home it is.
I feel very privileged to have been a member of the Board of Trustees at Nutley Hall for the past eight years. As a family, we have been close neighbours for over forty years. We have always been impressed by the warmth and loving care shown by staff and co-workers to all the residents, and by how much those cared for are supported and encouraged to lead fulfilled lives. Part of my role as a trustee is to try and develop closer links between Nutley Hall and the wider village community. I was a part time teacher at Nutley School for many years, and have close links with the local church and some village community projects.
As the mother of a son with autism, who now lives in a Steiner community in Gloucestershire, I have some insights into the difficulties as well as the joys of engaging with people who have learning difficulties, and can affirm that the learning is definitely not one sided!
After studying economics and politics, Hamish has worked in the Telecoms sector for the last 35 years. His connection to Nutley Hall has been through his sister who was a resident for nearly 50 years. He has been a trustee for the last 15 years.
My sister, Judith, has been a resident for a good number of years and my parents and I have always been grateful for the care and attention that she and all of the residents enjoy at Nutley Hall. I wanted to be a Trustee, to play my part to support the continuation of the great work that is done here.
I have spent most of my working life in I.T. based businesses, co-founding two successful enterprises. I decided to retire a few years ago and now work, as a volunteer and trustee for various causes charities. Most recently, I have started a Community Shop in our village.
I live in Kent with my wife Linda, I have a son, Fergus and two labradors, Betsy and Smudge. As well as running, I enjoy golf, sailing and playing guitar.
After 7 years in Camphill Schools in Aberdeen where I graduated from the BA course in Curative Education, I moved to Sussex in 2009 and “discovered” Nutley Hall. I worked for 5 years as a house coordinator and then stepped into the role of the registered manager. Working with and living alongside the residents at Nutley Hall has been an enormously enjoyable and rewarding experience.
I live on-site with my wife and three little children.