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 helps maintain a pair of historic working narrowboats. His other interests include photography and singing – he regularly appears 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 rejoined the Board in 2011: he now focuses on the management of buildings and other fixed assets.

Peter Dixon

Peter is married with four grown up children one of whom, Anna, is a resident in CMKC.

His working life was spent in a variety of Human Resource roles, briefly in retailing, then in Industrial Relations in the motor industry and finally with Local Authorities in Tayside and Northamptonshire. He spent a lot of his time working alongside Social Services departments and knows a lot about the practical issues they face.

Over the same period he became involved in the Scottish equivalent of Mencap and over the years has also been a Chair of Governors for two different special schools, both catering for the needs of children with multiple disabilities.

Given the chance to retire early he did so and found himself active in local politics instead. To his surprise he found himself elected as a County Councillor in 2001 and thereafter appointed as the Cabinet member with responsibility for Adult Care and associated issues like Supported Living, giving him the chance to see the same issues from the other side of the fence.

After stepping down as a Councillor, Peter joined the CMKC Board of Trustees in 2009. He is Chair of the Board, and also focuses on Health and Safety.

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.

Martin Lightfoot

Martin is father of Caroline, a CMKC resident for 25 years. Caroline has three brothers. His wife Madeleine and he live in Bury St Edmunds with their flat-coat retriever, Thomas.
Martin is a retired Dental Surgeon: he worked in the R.A.F. and in general and hospital practice [Accident and Emergency] and is a specialist in dentistry for people with learning disabilities. He has for many years been active in the work of Building Preservation Trusts. His present work includes management of the sole remaining working (and leaking!) Suffolk water mill, and a medieval wool merchant’s house. He is Governor, and past Chair, of a Special School in Bury St Edmunds, which is pioneering (for Suffolk) Co-location with Mainstream Schools.

His other interests include vintage cars, pond yachts, building construction and architecture, sketching and environment improvement.

Martin became a CMKC Trustee in 2011, and focuses on the management of buildings and other fixed assets.

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.


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