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Sunfield’s Trustees



Helen Kippax (Chair of Trustees and Proprietorial body)

Helen attended school in Sheffield and went on to study Institutional Management at Sheffield Polytechnical College. Following a career in social services as a Home Help Organiser and Homes Advisor, she left to have her family of three children. During this time, she helped to open and run a Steiner school in Sheffield.

As a mature student, Helen attended Chesterfield College and gained an HNC in fine art. She then ran her own gallery as well as helping her husband with his own business in the plastics industry.

In 2004, Aonghus Gordon asked Helen to help him establish the third college for Ruskin Mill Trust, which became Freeman College. Helen then ran Freeman College until 2012. She has also 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 Ruskin Mill Trust.

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Aonghus Gordon

Aonghus Gordon is the founder of Ruskin Mill Trust. He has recently been accepted as a Companion of the Guild of St. George.  This is in recognition of Aonghus’ distinguished track record of development and leadership of several ground-breaking specialist charities that deliver innovative and restorative education for young adults with a particular emphasis on farming, gardening and craft work.  Aonghus works with the metaphor and principle of ‘Vital Beauty’.  Aonghus draws his inspiration from many sources but in particular from Dr Rudolf Steiner.


Vivian Griffiths

Vivian became a Trustee of Ruskin Mill in 2016, with special responsibilities to biodynamic land work. Vivian is married and lives in Cumbria where he has supported holidays for people with special needs. He has now retired, but is involved in volunteering in Brantwood, the house in the Lake District where John Ruskin lived and is a member of the Anthroposophical Society.

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Martin Wood

Martin is a founder and Managing Director of Stourbridge-based KGJ Insurance Brokers Ltd. His connections to Sunfield date back to the 1930s when his uncle worked here. In 1964 he also met his wife here, when she was working as a carer. Martin retained strong links with Sunfield and officially joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. He brings financial and business skills, and is proud to be playing a part in developing a strong future for Sunfield.

“I am passionate about the work of Sunfield. The staff here are experts in their field; every day they are making a difference to the lives of the young people in their care. My role is to support the team with my financial knowledge and expertise – to ensure our continued success and to enable Sunfield to carry out our work for decades to come.”


Ian Clements BSc (Hons): Company Secretary

After leaving school, Ian completed a 5-year Undergraduate Apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce Aero Engines Ltd, which included a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University and a Diploma in Management Studies. Following 3 years working for Rolls-Royce’s Industrial & Marine Division, during which he worked closely with the Royal Navy on warship propulsion systems, including HMS Invincible, Ian embarked on a career change, which has seen him spend the past 35 years in a variety of senior management roles in the charity sector. These have included roles with CPRE, Community First in Herefordshire & Worcestershire, the British Red Cross, MIND and Park Attwood Clinic; he joined Ruskin Mill Trust in 2008.

At the Trust, Ian has held a number of posts and is currently Company Secretary