Meet the board

The Camden Society (London) has a board who are locally accountable and responsive to the needs of the people we support and our staff teams.

Simon Conway

Non-Executive Director

Simon studied Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University before starting his career with the National Audit Office. He has worked in local government and in the NHS, where he has worked in both acute and community health trusts, latterly as Finance Director. Simon has also been a voluntary director for a number of housing organisations before working for Thera Trust

Jenny Garrigan

Non-Executive Director

Jenny's day job is an executive director for Thera Trust where she shares her Quality and Involvement role with Matthew Smith, who brings his lived experience of learning disability to the role alongside his work in advocacy. Jenny was born and brought up in Angus, Scotland and qualified as a nurse (RNLD) in Dundee the mid 1980s. Since then, she has worked in both health and social care. Throughout her career, Jenny has focussed on working with people to developed their opportunities and move on from institutional care.

Neil Douglas

Non-Executive Director

Since qualifying as a dentist from Sheffield University in 1989 Neil has worked in general practice in the UK and New Zealand. This has included working part time for Kingston Community Dental Service where he would look after adults and children with learning difficulties in a community setting.
Neil owns and runs two dental practices in South West London and Surrey.
He is married with two children and lives in Wimbledon

Cecilia Parfitt

Managing Director

Cecilia has been with The Camden Society (London) since Sept 2019. She joined the team with 28 years of experience within social care, starting my career as a support worker in a local residential home. She has been lucky enough to hold many different roles; within Learning and Development as a trainer, a Recruitment manager, a Quality Officer for the local Authority, even driven minibuses. Her role as Managing Director is diverse and challenging - she always enjoys the work she does because enabling people with a learning disability to be leaders is an honour. She particularly enjoys developing and creating new support, working with local authorities and other providers to challenge the way we work, and to promote positive risk taking.

Chris Lambourne

Non-Executive Director

Chris works as a management consultant, having started his career in the Civil Service and then the NHS, before moving into consultancy. He has worked for private, public and voluntary organisations, specialising in the 'not for profit' sector with a particular interest in Mental Health, Service Redesign and Quality Management. Chris is an RSPCA Trustee and lives in London with his 3 cats!

Veran Patel

Non-Executive Director

Veran has supported governance across diverse organisations including commercial firms, charities, the NHS, and Local Authorities. He is Chair of the Ethics Committee of Takumi International, a Trustee of the Peel Institute, Vice Chair of The Garden School (Hackney Learning Trust) and a member of the City of London Police Independent Advisory Group. He is also a former Board member of Healthwatch City of London. Veran is a qualified accountant and has a post graduate certificate in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. He is passionate about the work of the Camden Society London as his young son has autism and a learning disability.