Our executive team

Meet our chief executive 

Sara Thakkar – C.E.OSara Thakkar appointed CEO of Camphill Village Trust

Sara is a recognised senior leader. She has rich and diverse experiences within the public, private, enterprise and third sector. Her leadership roles have been grounded in the commitment to tackle injustice and equality and her approaches reflect an ability to work alongside people and communities to develop their roots; to bring a sense of identity, choice and belonging. Sara is equally passionate in her approach to build on individuals and communities wings; co-creating the art of the possible to make a real and lasting positive difference. She recognises that roots keep us grounded and wings give us flexibility and freedom.

She began her career in education and family support, working with families with complex needs within communities affected by significant disadvantage.  She has spent the last 20 years undertaking a number of CEO roles in community-focussed third sector organisations across the country.  She has extensive experience in providing high-quality care and support services, strategic communications and change management, new homes development and land management.

Sara brings a commercial head and a social heart to the Trust. Her business and finance qualifications support her approach to balancing fiscal oversight with clarity of purpose. She is a highly experienced non-executive having held a number of Board and Trustee roles throughout her career and has undertaken a number of governance advisory roles across a range of sectors. She is currently a Board member for a Housing Association and the Chair of a Business Enterprise Agency.


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Annabel Arkless – Director of Fundraising and Marketing

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Annabel Arkless joined the charity in 2017, as the Trust’s first Director of Fundraising & Marketing. Annabel leads on the fundraising and marketing strategy for the organisation, in a role that is focused on maximising voluntary income to ensure the charity has a secure future.  Having established a marketing team and charity re-brand, Annabel is working on broadening the fundraising base for the charity.

Annabel has worked in the fundraising sector for over 25 years.  Having started working as a Regional Fundraiser for what was then Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Annabel has worked predominantly in the hospice movement and has led capital appeal campaigns and several fundraising teams.

Annabel moved to York to read for an MA at the University of York and then went onto complete the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.  Annabel still lives in the area and divides her time between working from home and Botton Village, where the fundraising team is based.

Balbinder Lally (Bally) – Director of Finance and I.T  (Company Secretary)

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Bally, a qualified chartered accountant, joined the Trust in 2013 as a Financial Controller and went onto becoming the Director of Finance in 2018.  Bally leads the Finance, Payroll and IT teams across the Trust and manages relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders.  Since joining, Bally has implemented a new finance system, improved processes bringing financial efficiencies and is currently leading our digital transformation programme across the Trust.

After graduating with a degree in business management, she began her accountancy career with PricewaterhouseCoopers providing audit and assurance services to corporate and not for profit organisations.  Bally has experience of working with a wide range of organisations in the commercial, not for profit and charitable sector.

Bally lives in the midlands and although she is based in our central office in Stourbridge, Bally frequently travels to all communities.

Mark Denny – Director of Operations

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Mark joined Camphill Village Trust in March 2009 as the Trust’s first employed general manager, moving to Operations Director 3 years later. Mark has worked in senior positions in both the NHS, private and charitable sector since 1986, prior to this he worked for 8 years in the NHS after qualifying as an RNLD and RMN.

In the last two years, his role has developed more towards managing our extensive building and land holdings including new developments, cap-ex, pre-planned and reactive maintenance and Health and Safety responsibilities.

Mark lives in Tewkesbury and is based largely at home with some time spent at Eagle House, Stourbridge, our base in the West Midlands.

Janine Moorcroft – Director of Care and Support

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Janine joined the Trust in July 2018 as Deputy Operations Director and after a short period, the role was reviewed and re-named as Director of Care and Support. With a local authority background, Janine brought the knowledge and experience of managing a multifaceted provision for a range of people with support needs; in addition, Janine has brought the experience of working within a political environment and directly with commissioners.

Within the Trust, Janine takes the lead role in the quality and the General Managers of each community report into this role. The role of Director of Care and Support also has nominated individual status for the organisation in relation to our registered provision. Janine enjoys the variety of the role and the outcomes for the people we support which we embrace through our co-productive approach.


Our executive team