Dr James Dyson, Chair

James Dyson is a practising medical doctor and adult educator with 35 years' working experience. He has a special interest in developmental psychology and mental health and lectures regularly in this country and abroad on these and related subjects. He has experience as an advisor to many organisations within the anthroposophical movement and currently holds four trusteeships. He lives with his wife in Stourbridge.


Paulamaria Blaxland de Lange

Paulamaria Blaxland de Lange is director and co-founder of Pericles, an organisation working with and for adults with special needs. She represents the Association of Curative Education and Social Therapy worldwide and in Europe in STAG Sozial Therapeutische Arbeitsgruppe of the Konferenz in Dornach and on ECCE European Co-operation in Curative Education and Social Therapy. Her training and background are in the theatre disciplines, in Waldorf Kindergartens and Social Therapy and in the Arts and Crafts. She lives with her husband and the youngest of their five daughters in Hoathly Hill Community, near Forest Row.

Simon Blaxland de Lange

Simon Blaxland-de Lange has worked in the field of Curative Education and Social Therapy for some thirty years, as a teacher, musician, gardener and in a management capacity, currently working at Pericles and Philpots Manor School.  He has also long been active as a writer and translator of anthroposophical literature, with a particular interest in the work of Owen Barfield. He also cofounded the British group of the Humanities Section of the School of Spiritual Science. In addition to being a Trustee of Emerson College, he is a trustee of St. Anthony's Trust and of The Mount Camphill Community.


Stephen Briault

Steve Briault is an organisation consultant with 25  years’  experience  of  advising  companies, government and voluntary organisations  on management processes and structure. He is currently also Chair of Trustees at The Mount Camphill Community and has been trustee and/ or Chair of a range of other charities. His early career included co-founding and managing the Pennine Camphill Community, and restoring the financial stability of a Waldorf School in the role of Administrator. He taught at the Centre fo r Social Development at Emerson College in the 1980s and has been connected with the College since then. Steve is especially interested in community development and adult learning processes. He is the author of Working It Out, a handbook for violence prevention i n working with young people, and The Mystery of Meeting – relationships as a path of discovery. He lives with his family in Forest Row, and plays classical flute, blues guitar and bad tennis. He intends to research the connection between musical and social archetypes.

Fumiko Chikami

Fumiko Chikami is director of Biographywork Japan, a legal organization responsible for the professional 4 year modular training for Biography workers, which was founded in Japan in 2001. She is also a founding member of International Trainers Forum, an Accreditation Body belonging to the General Section of School of Spiritual Science, the Goetheanum and the Association of Biographyworkers, Jupiter, based in Tokyo. Her background includes Biographical Counselling, Organic farming and Cultural Anthropology. She has three grown up children and five grandchildren, lives in Forest Row and travels three times a year to Japan.

Charlene Collison Briault

Charlene is a consultant and facilitator in futures and systemic change. She brings together action research, futures, systemic practice and storytelling to help organisations and multi-stakeholder groups imagine and create a better, more sustainable future.

An independent consultant, Charlene has strong relationships with leading organisations committed to creating significant ch ange: Forum for the Future (affiliate); Narrative Leadership Associates, Article 13 and SAMI Consulting (Associate). Charlene has worked with international corporations, teams from most government departments and NGOs to extend their thinking about the fut ure, how to prepare for it, and how to create change in entrenched systemic issues. Charlene has an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility (Distinction) from Ashridge Management College, a BA in International Relations and a Diploma in Organisation Development.

Dr John Lees

John Lees, PhD in a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Leeds and an anthroposophic psychotherapist registered with CAHSC and the BACP. He has worked as an academic for 20 years and a counsellor and psychotherapist for 26 years. He has published 17 peer reviewed articles and run a large Masters course, supervised several PhD students and edited 4 books.


Robert Lord - BSc Honours in Pure Mathematics

Over 35 years in the construction industry running his own colour consultancy business Colour Transformation Ltd, Projects throughout Europe: hotels, restaurants, shops, etc; over 20 separate homes for special needs; ten year contract with the ING Bank. Charity Experience Trustee of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain for 9 years. Trustee of the Cultural Freedom Trust, setting up the Biodynamic Land Fund Also Trustee of the Biodynamic Association for 3 years. 2010 onwards: Devised a plan to rescue Emerson College from receivership. As Emerson Trustee, obtained Listed Building consent and supervised a partial refurbishment of Pixton House, the Grade II listed building at the centre of Emerson campus, thereby increasing revenue by £50K per annum.

Tom Ravetz

Tom Ravetz is Co-ordinator of The Christian Community in Great Britain and Ireland. He was ordained in 1991 and has worked as a congregational priest and in the Priest Seminary of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. He has been involved in adult education in anthroposophical institutions for nearly thirty years. He is an author and speaker on a wide range of theological and spiritual subjects. Tom has been a Trustee of Emerson College since Autumn 2012. He lives with his wife in Forest Row.