Senior Management Team
I joined Camphill School Aberdeen in 2005. I’ve been Executive Director since April 2018. I'm responsible for the vision and direction of Camphill School, its staff and volunteers and for the welfare of students. I report to the Board of Trustees. I'm supported by an experienced, qualified leadership team. I regularly visit all three campuses to see and talk to the children/young people and the teams.
I live on site with my family and love spending time with them, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors. Being part of this Camphill community is special, every day.
Head of Care
After achieving a B.Mus (Hons) at the University of Sheffield, I came to Camphill School in 1995 to gain experience of working with children and young people. with additional support needs.
I have a BA in Curative Education and SVQ 4 in Care Services Leadership and Management. After many years of working in our residential houses I became Head of Care, carrying overall responsibility for residential care.
I live locally and continue to have a great interest in music. I play violin and am a member of Concordia String Orchestra.
Head of Education
I arrived in Aberdeen in 1998 after completing a BA (Hons) in Leeds. I have been teaching in Camphill School Aberdeen since 2003 and have been Head of Education for the last 5 years. My role includes supporting the Kindergarten Manager and Young Adult Day Services Manager, however, I spend most of my time in school, working with the teaching staff and children. I live in the local area and like to spend time enjoying the outdoors.
I have a 25 year association with Camphill School, both as a trustee and from my career as a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Aberdeen University. In this role I had responsibility for degree programmes with the school. I bring experience and understanding of research, interdisciplinary working, care, education and training, together with knowledge gained from working with Camphill School for many years. My appetite for learning was my initial motivation to become a trustee. I’m wholly committed to ensuring that Camphill School continues to provide exceptional care, education and life experiences.
James A. Florance
I’m an experienced Solicitor, with the full service law firm Ledingham Chalmers LLP, and Treasurer of the local law faculty, the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen.
Having trained and worked in a small general practice firm in Aberdeen, I’ve acquired a good breadth of legal knowledge and experience which I have been able to use for the benefit of Camphill School since joining the Board in 2018.
I was born in Aberdeen, studied at Dundee University, and now live in Inverurie. I have three grown-up sons. I’m an experienced Non-Executive Director and I’ve worked within the banking and investment sector for 20 years.
Currently, I’m a Corporate Banker for Santander UK plc covering the North of Scotland. I work closely with Corporate Businesses to determine the best debt and working capital solutions to support their growth, both domestically and internationally.
My nephew has attended Camphill School for many years, and so I have personal experience of the incredible work the team at Camphill achieve with their students. I joined the Camphill Board in 2016, keen to use my financial and commercial background to help Camphill School achieve its strategic goals and capital development plans.
I’m a graduate of Aberdeen University. After medical school, I trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and child and adolescent psychiatry. Today, I’m a consultant psychiatrist and clinical lead for inpatient eating disorders in the North of Scotland. I’m passionate about parity of care for mental and physical health. I’m married with four children and a dog. I love music and playing guitar.
I have huge respect for the work of Camphill which I’ve experienced at first hand, since visiting during my training. I joined the board in 2020 and look forward to helping the school achieve their goals.
I recently retired from senior management in the public sector where I led the planning and delivery of children’s services. I have a background is in community development, and I’ve worked at national and international level in action research, and with third sector partners to inform policy development.
I joined the Board in 2017, and I continue to enjoy the governance role that enables Camphill School to innovate and deliver services to improve the outcomes for children and young people. It’s a priority for all of us to promote and uphold the mission, ethos and values of Camphill School.
I’ve lived in Milltimber since 1995 with my wife Karen, and my two sons Robert and Laurence. I studied Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University and have been an engineer in the oil business since 1982. My hobbies are cycling, golf and hillwalking.
As a family we’ve had a long association with Camphill School as Laurence is autistic and has attended the school as a day pupil and a resident since 2003. This gives me particular insight into my role as a member of the board.
I’m an architect at Camphill Architecture & Development in Bieldside. I studied Architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, focusing on Design for Autism for my thesis project. I’ve worked in Sydney and in Aberdeen on a range of bespoke new build and refurbishment projects. My brother, Jack, went to Camphill School, and his learning, development and wellbeing improved immeasurably over the years as he became a valued part of the community.
I live in Stonehaven and I’m married with three sons. Our eldest son spent many happy years living and growing as a pupil at Camphill School.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and I’ve held financial and commercial management positions in various manufacturing companies in Scotland, followed by over 25 years working in the Oil and Gas industry, both in the UK and overseas.
I retired from business in 2009 and now, in addition to my work with Camphill School, I’m a Rotarian and also enjoy golf, reading and travelling.
I’m a retired company director, having been employed in construction and management throughout my career. I’ve had previous experience of working with children and young people through St Machar Rotary Club and the Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers
I’m a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador, presenting engineering as career to school children. I joined Camphill School Board in 2000 and Chair from 2006 till 2016. I’m a member of Camphill Estates and various committees within Camphill. I find great satisfaction in being involved with the ongoing development of Camphill School.