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 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

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.

Oliver Smith

Service Quality 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.

Simon Newling-Ward

Non-Executive Director

Simon studied Economic and Social History at Leicester University, and then Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University before starting his journey into Youth and Criminal Justice. He currently manages Nottingham City Youth Justice Service. During his career he’s also worked for a national Advocacy Charity and has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the charity sector.

Michael Curth

Non-Executive Director

Born in Germany, Michael studied Literature and History at the University of Münster. Since 1989 he spent his corporate career in IT, Operations, and general management mainly in the Market Research sector. For the last 20 years the work was global in nature, involving a high degree of cross-cultural engagement while working with large teams in the US, EU, Asia, and South America servicing global clients. He founded his own consultancy in 2017 and is a senior executive coach and board advisor.

Adrian Jarvis

Non-Executive Director

Adrian brings 35 years of business leadership experience to the board. He received his MBA from Nottingham Trent University and worked in the UK and US energy sectors in a variety of senior positions. He held responsibilities for establishing new companies, setting direction and operational development for long term, sustainable success. With family members who have a learning disability, he is keen to use his understanding and experience to help all the people we support to live the life they choose.

Mark Johnson

Non-Executive Director

Mark Johnson has spent his corporate career in the Retail Industry working in senior leadership positions in the UK, Europe and Asia. He has been privileged to have worked for and with some of the largest organisations on the planet and in 2018 Mark was recognised as one of the top 100 minds in retail at the World Retail & Sustainability Congress. Before the pandemic he was using his skills and expertise working with and advising leaders in challenging countries across South Asia. He is currently working with local government on developing home to school transportation for SEND children. Mark is also a District Councillor working with the West Oxfordshire District Council and enjoys running Ultra-Marathons in his spare time!

Ben Lanes

Managing Director

I have worked with people with a Learning Disability for over 25 years. I am passionate about delivering great support, and I am very proud to have led teams that have been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission in my previous role.