Our Trustees

The Trustees of the Charity are also Directors of the Company: they are legally responsible for the running of CMKC Ltd. While they have delegated the management of CMKC Ltd to the Chief Executive, they determine strategic policy and maintain an overview of the management and affairs of the Community. They help and advise the Management Team whenever appropriate.

(In alphabetical order)

Jeremy Cooper

Jeremy is married to Barbara, and has two very grown up daughters by a previous marriage.

For most of his working life he was employed by the BBC, first in London (in Radio), and since 1978 as a Producer/Director of Social Science TV and radio programmes at the Open University Production Centre in MK. He has lived in MK since 1979, took early retirement in 1999 and supplements his BBC pension with freelance work from home – mainly video production and web design.

Jeremy has been a School Governor (including Chair) and was chair of his local union branch for some years. He has been involved in various drama and music projects, joins his wife in archaeological pursuits, and for some years he helped maintain a pair of historic working narrowboats. His other interests include photography and singing – for ten years he appeared regularly on the entertainment circuit for older people.

He first became involved in CMKC in 2000 through his activity in local drama groups and helped to develop the Chrysalis as a public venue. He was a Trustee in 2008-09 and re-joined the Board in 2011: he now focuses on the management of buildings and other fixed assets.

Roger Dowthwaite

Roger is married and has three boys and two grandsons. Outside of work he is interested in almost any sport and is an avid tennis player. He has also spent periods as a governor at both an FE College and at various schools.

He has worked at the highest levels in TSB Group Plc and later worked as a CEO in not-for-profit organisations. He retired as Chief Operating Officer & Director of Economic Development at the Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire Partnership in 2011, and is now a self-employed consultant providing support to the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the coalition government’s initiative to take over from Regional Development Agencies.

His skills lie in leadership and management, partnerships and in developing and implementing policy and strategy. He enjoys addressing complex, diverse and demanding strategic, financial and operational issues.

Roger is uncle to Anna Dixon who is a resident in CMKC. Roger became a CMKC Trustee in 2011, and focuses on financial management.


Rachel Livermore

Rachel became a trustee in February 2015. She lives in West Oxfordshire and is married to James.

She has worked full-time in healthcare for the last 10 years. Rachel first worked as a hospital manager in a range of mental health facilities and then moved into consulting. Her first consulting role was in health economics and outcomes, focusing on health technology appraisals and value based healthcare. She now works in a small strategic consultancy advising the NHS and local authorities on ‘outcomes-based commissioning’ – commissioning health and social care according to the needs and outcomes articulated by patients, service users and their carers.

Rachel came into contact with CMKC through her role as trustee of her family’s charitable trust, the JPT Trust, which is helping to support the music workshop program at CMKC.


Michael Luxford

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael has been a Camphill Co-worker since 1971 and has lived in seven communities in the UK and Canada. He is currently living and working in Camphill Cherry Orchards Community in Bristol.

For five years (2004-2009) Michael lived in CMKC and was the service manager and interim general manager.

He sees his role as a trustee as bringing the particular perspectives of a long-term advocate of the Camphill impulse to the questions and discussions which take place at Trustee and Community meeting points.



Elizabeth Sheldon

Elizabeth SheldonJob Title:
Executive Director, Evidence Talks Ltd part of CCL Group

For the last 18 years, Elizabeth has been working in the realm of security. Co-founding Evidence Talks in 2002 who develop world-leading digital forensic tools such as SPEKTOR and Cascade Forensics. Elizabeth now fulfils a number of strategic Non-Executive roles including Vice President of Security for the Aerospace Defence and Security Industry where she represents the interests of over 600 organisations to National Government in the Home Office, as a member of the National Security and Resilience Growth Partnership committee, Department of Trade Defence and Security Export steering committee and more.

Recent appointments include Chair of the Security Advisory Board at Cranfield University, Trustee of Women in International Security, Trustee of Women Leaders UK and Chair of the Governance Committee for the new South Central Institute of Technology on the wider Bletchley Park site and being an ambassador for science and technology for SEMLEP.

This is Elizabeth’s third distinct career, having spent 14 years in healthcare then returning to study exhibition and retail design at University before setting up a design practice which she ran for 12 years. Outside of work Elizabeth is a trustee for Camphill Communities in Milton Keynes and runs a wine tasting club in MK which is one of her greatest delights.


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