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 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.
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).