Scheme manager and trustees

Management of the Almshouse

The Almshouse is managed on a day-to-day basis by Harrison Housing, who provide and maintain high quality housing and support for older people of limited means across a number of locations in London.

The Scheme Manager is Barbara Purkiss, who has a nursing background and over 16 years’ experience of working as a Scheme Manager and within elderly care.

Barbara provides support for residents to enhance their wellbeing, stay connected with the local community and assist them to stay independent for as long as possible.

Our trustees

The Dulwich Almshouse Charity’s Board is responsible for overseeing the operation of our almshouse, and other activities to support low-income older people living in our area of benefit.

Trustees serve for an initial term of five years and may be re-appointed for a second continuous term of five years. In exceptional cases a trustee may be appointed for a third consecutive term.

The full board meets formally four times a year, and trustee committees (including one for the appointment of almshouse residents) meet on an ad hoc basis. Trustees visit residents and meet with our scheme manager throughout the year.

The current trustees are:

Name: Appointing body:
Mrs J Camm, LVO Co-opt Trustee
K B Coonan, QC The Bishopsgate Foundation
M C Craddock, MSc, BSc (Hons) (Chairperson) St Luke’s Parochial Trust
Mrs C Jeffrey, MA MA The Dulwich Estate
Dr K E Opie-Smith Co-opt Trustee
Dolores Pickersgill Southwark
Dhananjai The Dulwich Estate