Meet the board

The Camden Society 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 Conway studied Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University before starting his career with the National Audit Office. He worked for Cambridgeshire County Council in their Education Finance Department, and then in the National Health Service, 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, including Boston Mayflower.

Karen Boyce-Dawson

Non Executive Director

Karen has 30 years’ experience in supporting people with a learning disability in a variety of roles. Karen qualified through the years as a therapist and social worker before moving into operational senior and executive director positions some 15 years ago. Karen is driven daily to achieve better support for people with a learning disability so that they in turn have more control and better lives.

Guy Lane

Non Executive Director

Guy has a son with a learning disability and became involved in The Camden Society board to learn more about how adult support services are provided. He currently works for the NHS on a contract basis in the Transforming Care Programme.

Sarah Thompson

Non Executive Director

Sarah was a partner in a large commercial law firm before she retired. She has a friend with a learning disability and she joined the board to help grow the opportunities for him and others to be supported in accordance with the Thera Vision.

Paula Southwick

Non Executive Director

Martin Pilkington

Non Executive Director

After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Martin spent five years working in the financial services industry. Following a career break he worked as a senior liaison officer at the Charity Commission providing advice and guidance to the UK’s largest charities. Since 2012 he has worked at the Girls’ Day School Trust, a charity which runs a network of 24 independent girls’ schools and two academies, where he is Head of Governance.

Mark Pearce

Managing Director

Mark is The Camden Society's Managing Director. As Managing Director, Mark has responsibility both operationally and strategically for the whole of The Camden Society and works closely with the board and staff at all levels. He ensures that the team are working towards achieving Thera's vision.

Oliver Smith

Non Executive Director

Oliver works closely with people supported, staff and The Camden Society board to ensure we achieve our vision and help people make their own choices. Oliver uses his own experience of having a learning disability to make sure The Camden Society provides quality care and support.