Governance - Trustees

Emerson College is an educational charity governed by a Board of Trustees, whose members are:

Dr James Dyson, Chair

James 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 broad 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 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 their youngest daughter of five in Hoathly Hill Community, Sussex. 

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 change: Charlene has worked with international corporations, teams from most government departments and NGOs to extend their thinking about the future, how to prepare for it, and how to create change in entrenched systemic issues. She is an Affiliate of Forum for the Future and an associate of various organisations working in futures and storytelling for sustainable leadership. Charlene has an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility (Distinction) from Ashridge Management College, a BA in International Relations and a Diploma in Organisation Development.

Tom Ravetz

Tom 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 also an author and speaker on a wide range of theological and spiritual subjects. His book, Free from Dogma was published in 2009. Tom has been a Trustee of Emerson College since Autumn 2012. He lives with his wife in Forest Row. 

George Perry

George works as an adult educator and organisational consultant and trainer in the fields of leadership and change management. Over many years he has worked with a diverse group of clients including IT companies, anthroposophical institutions, universities, NGOs and the Civil Service. His early background was in teaching within state education in inner cities and later in a Waldorf school. George also works in personal development situations such as coaching senior managers; and as an individual and couple therapist.

George has an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, a degree in Education, and diplomas in biographical counselling and couple therapy.

These days George spends much of his time between Stroud where he lives and China where he is responsible for the development of an anthroposophical foundation studies programme on behalf of Emerson College.

Diane Hume

Diane’s early professional career consisted of a series of accounting roles and she achieving qualified Chartered Certified Accountant status in 1994. It was whilst working for Manningtons Chartered Accountants that she undertook the financial audit of The Mount Camphill Community and, finding the approach of The Mount extremely interesting, decided to apply when the post of accountant became vacant in 2007.

In 2013 she took on the role of Coordinator for Resource Management, working with colleagues for Care and Education to coordinate all aspects of the college and residential community, enabling day to day activity, and engaging with the charity's trustees, students and their families/guardians, funders, regulatory bodies etc.

Since 2007 she has also taken opportunities to learn more about anthroposophy and Camphill, engaging with a study group run by Gill Brand for some time, attending relevant sections of The Mount Introduction course and Inset days, as well as undertaking reading and personal research.