The Trustees at Sunfield provide strategic leadership; setting a path for the school and its students that results in the best standards of education and care. Our Trustees bring with them a wide range of experiences and skills that ensure the school is well led and managed and that the vision of the Trust is braded through all that we do.
Helen Kippax (Chair and Lead for Health & Safety and Safeguarding)
Helen has a diverse background in fine arts, social care and educational development including helping to establish a Steiner School in Sheffield. Helen undertook an HNC in Fine Arts as a mature student and set up and ran her own gallery in Sheffield. Helen joined Ruskin Mill Trust in 2004 and was tasked with setting up the Trust’s third centre, Freeman College in Sheffield. Helen was 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 the University West of England and continues to support and research the method of PSTE as a Trustee for Ruskin Mill Trust. Helen provides mentorship to senior leaders across the Ruskin Mill Trust group.
Vivian brings knowledge and experience of biodynamic agriculture and Camphill Communities to Sunfield School and Children’s Home. Vivian has been involved in Camphill Communities since 1972 where he started as a young co-worker at Botton Village. His passion for gardening led him to establish and work on various Camphill and community gardens as well as gaining a National Certificate in Horticulture from Somerset College of Agriculture in 1976. Over the years, Vivian has helped develop Camphill Communities throughout England, and continued his biodynamic agricultural practices. Most recently, Vivian has been a Garden Volunteer at Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home in the Lake District. He has been heading up The Biodynamic Step by Step Gardening Courses, which began in 2018, at Brantwood and nearby Ulverston. As a Trustee, Vivian has responsibility for quality assuring Biodynamic Practices at both Sunfield and across the Trust.
Constantin joined Ruskin Mill Trust in 2007. Constantin has a vast experience in social and educational establishments, working across different regulatory 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 Specialist School and is now Director of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) and a member of the Executive Team of Ruskin Mill Trust. Constantin is responsible for quality assuring PSTE and overseeing the staff development and training programme (Hiram Education and Research Team (HEaRT).
Toby is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has been working with children and adolescents for 20 years and currently leads a specialist NHS CAMHS service in London that provides an alternative to inpatient care in the form of a day service and outreach team. Toby has also undertaken extensive research work on subjects that include engaging adolescents who self-harm and intensive community treatment, including two randomised controlled trials. He is widely published and has co-authored a book, Self-harm in young people, a Therapeutic Assessment manual. Toby has been a Psychiatric Advisor to Ruskin Mill Trust since 2014, supporting a wide range of students and advising staff. He brings his expertise in mental health and child and adolescent psychiatry to the Sunfield Board of Trustees.
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 Ruskin Mill Trust’s Regional Director for the centres in the South and brings her skills and extensive experience to the Sunfield Board of Trustees.