Laurence Alfred

I have been a co-worker in a Camphill Community for over 40 years together with my wife with whom I have three children and five grandchildren; in addition, we have been permanent foster carers for 10 years.

For the last 4 years until my retirement in April 2018, I was the Executive Director of Camphill School Aberdeen, a community which has traditionally worked with social pedagogy as a central part of its ethos. Prior to this I was involved in house parenting for 25 years with my wife Vibeke, living and working in an extended family setting with our three children and up to 20 children and young people with a vast variety of different needs.

Alongside the above, my professional journey has involved me in organisational restructuring, strategic planning, support, supervision and mentoring and training, in particular, team working, non-violent communication and working with adolescents and young adults.

I currently sit on three other Boards of Trustees and been instrumental in founding the Aberdeen City Voluntary Sector Providers Forum for Children and Young people.

Alongside this, I am a ‘mad’ keen lifelong Chelsea supporter, love our family dog, sports and going for long walks.

I see my role as a Trustee to support the management team develop and maintain a first class Camphill Community where high quality of service is the norm and where everyone can lead a life full of meaning while unfolding their potential.