Aonghus Gordon MEd, FRSA


Helen Kippax – Chair and lead for Safeguarding and Health and Safety

Helen has a diverse background in fine arts, social care and educational development including helping to establish a Steiner School in Sheffield.  Helen joined Ruskin Mill Trust in 2004 and set up the Trust’s third centre, Freeman College, in Sheffield.  Helen remained as Principal of Freeman College until 2012 when she became a Trustee of Ruskin Mill Trust and Senior Mentor.  Helen has gained an MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education from University West of England and continues to support and research the method of PSTE as a Trustee for RMT.  Helen provides mentorship to senior leaders across the Trust. 

Helen is the Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding, and Health and Safety for RMT and the subsidiary boards.

Aonghus Gordon

Aonghus Gordon is the Founder and Executive Chair of Ruskin Mill Trust.  Aonghus started RMT is 1983 and has worked with colleagues to grow the charity to 12 centres across England, Scotland and Wales.  He is passionate about the need for people to break out of dependency and marginalisation, believing that everyone has the potential to shape their own future. 

Aonghus has pioneered its unique method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE), inspired by Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris’s ideas about social renewal, healthy human development and the importance of art, crafts and land work. Thousands of young people have benefited from this integrative education method.

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Constantin Court

Constantin joined Ruskin Mill Trust in 2007. Constantin has a vast experience in social and educational establishments, working across different regulative frameworks in organisations who apply the insights of Rudolf Steiner in a contemporary way.  Constantin has worked with children and adults in Germany, Palestine, Israel, Switzerland and Egypt before coming to the UK.  He was instrumental in developing Ruskin Mill Trust’s first school, Brantwood Special School, and is now Director of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) Pedagogy and a member of the Executive Team of RMT with responsibility for quality assuring PSTE and overseeing the Trust’s staff development and training programme, Hiram Education and Research Team (HEaRT).

Tara Gratton

Tara started her career in education in 1992 as a teacher in a primary school.  In 2004, Tara took up her first Head Teacher role and over the following years has worked with a range of schools and education federations, as a head and executive head, to improve their outcomes and quality.  Tara has now developed a proven track record of leading outstanding schools, and for supporting and transforming schools that are struggling.  Tara has been a safeguarding lead, member of a local safeguarding board, governor and board member for a range of other educational establishments and has a strong understanding of governance and compliance.  Tara is the Trust’s Director of Schools and Rise, and is bring her skills and extensive experience to the Sunfield Board.

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