Proprietor and Council of Trustees
The Council of Trustees is the school's proprietor and governing body.
The role of the Council of Trustees is to represent the members of the South Devon Steiner School Association (the "corporate trustee") and to promote and protect the interests of the school.
For more information on the School Association and how to join please contact the Council Secretary, Rosie O'Neill, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals are appointed to Council by members of the School Association at its AGM and between AGMs new members may be co-opted by Council who will then be confirmed at the next AGM. Council members are accountable to the School Association for their work.
Minutes of Council meetings, AGMs and any EGMs are available here.
The current members of the Council of Trustees are:
P. Mark Drewell
Trustee and Chair
Mark has always combined his work life with active involvement in community. Mark served as deputy chair of Imhoff Waldorf School's board of Trustees in South Africa from 2007-2009. There he was involved in decisions to expand to a high school and establish a long-term strategic plan with a permanent home. He is married to Yolanda and they have four children who all study at our school.
He has extensive experience in board membership of NGOs and charities including chairing the Sweden-based human-rights initiative The World’s Children’s Prize, the educational-focussed Brussels-based Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and environmental NGO The Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Professionally Mark is a Senior Partner in Stockholm-based advisory firm The ForeSight Group.
Born in the UK, he was educated at Oxford University and moved to Devon in 2011 after two years in Belgium and, prior to that, 20 years in South Africa.
Trustee and Council Member responsible for Health & Safety
Christopher trained as a Steiner Teacher in the Seminary in Stuttgart and then taught English for three years in the original school founded by Steiner himself.
He was one of the co-founders of the Devon school in 1981, working first as a Class Teacher and Language Teacher and later as the school's Administrator until his retirement in 2002.
He continues his association with the school as a trustee and volunteer in several areas of school life, for example, he brings to the school the many Cultural Life Events held in Greenwood.
Trustee and Council Member responsible for Safeguarding (Designated Senior Safeguarding Person) and Pastoral Care
Born and educated in South Africa, Juliet came to London in 1972 and worked for some years in educational publishing, nine years living in an intentional rural community (a single household of 45 people!), growing organic vegetables, teaching t’ai chi and practising acupuncture, sparked a life-long interest in community, non-hierarchical organisation, the issues of empowerment and the possibilities of working collaboratively.
After coming to Devon she trained facilitators for the Parent Network to run education and support groups for parents and was involved in the cooperative management of this national organization.
An MA in psychotherapy followed and for the last 18 years she has worked as a Core Process psychotherapist registered with the UKCP.
Juliet was a parent at the school for 12 years and served in numerous capacities as a volunteer including class contact, communications mandate holder, active member of the group that created the Eurythmy Hall and for many years chaired the Mandate Management Group. She subsequently also served in the Personnel Group.
In 2007 Juliet became a Trustee and was Chair of Council (2010-2013). In between everything else, Juliet runs an organic small-holding and has often been seen running the Fairy Wool Stall at the school Advent Fair.
Trustee and Council Member responsible for Education
Cathy received a BAHons degree in English from London University and began teaching in two schools in Liverpool.
When her children were three and five years old she became manager of the Children’s Holiday Farm, giving farm holidays to deprived and disabled children from Birmingham, either with or without their mothers. After seven years there, she did the Steiner Teachers’ Training at Elmfield School which her daughters attended. In 1993, they came to the Devon School and she became a class teacher, and was the first lady to complete the full eight years.
During this time she was College Chair for two years and mentored many new teachers. During a six year break, she joined the Steiner International Curriculum Research Group, and did advisory work abroad in Romania.
She received a Diploma in SPLD and did the Steiner Extra Lesson Training, subsequently becoming a private Extra Lesson Practitioner and maths tutor. She also taught modules on the Plymouth Steiner Degree course for four years, and became a trustee at South Devon Steiner School.
She received an NVQ3 whilst working with adults with learning disability and schizophrenia. After this, she was a Class Teacher for two classes at SDSS from Class 5, then becoming School Education Coordinator for three years, retiring in 2015.
Her grandchildren have also attended South Devon Steiner School and one is still there. She is now once again a private tutor.
Trustee and Staff Representative
Almut went to a Steiner Waldorf school in Germany from age 10 and experienced the change of educational approach as a great gift and she remembers especially her time in Upper School fondly.
Almut has trained as a Steiner Waldorf kindergarten teacher and as puppeteer with the Novalis School in Stuttgart. She took the Foundation Year at Emerson College in Sussex and afterwards joined the sculpture course at Emerson College for three years.
She mainly works with clay and wood.
At our school she has worked as a Parent and Child Leader and as a Teacher for Artistic Crafts from Class 5 upwards which includes bench joinery, greenwood work, copper work, basket weaving, sculpture and clay modelling and pottery.
For the students in class 11 and 12 I see myself working as a tutor giving advice to students working independently.
Co-opted Council Member
Having trained as a teacher at Goldmith’s College London and taught in mainstream senior schools in Manchester and Leeds, he moved on to become a lecturer in adult education and community development which in turn led to experience in the private sector.
Joshua has always been interested in creativity, community and social enterprise, which have been key themes in a wide-ranging career. He has served on the boards of several organisations in the arts, community, faith and business sectors.
He currently works for a charity The Network of Wellbeing and is a father of two adult children.
Co-opted Council Member
With an academic background in social psychology and a professional background in leadership development, Jackie joined the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in 2003 where she established 'Leadership Southwest' a six-year regional project focused on skills development in the Southwest of England. This project focused on developing leadership capacity in small businesses, and included leadership programmes for the cultural sector, education sector, local government and health.
As part of this work she discovered the value of systems thinking and the work of the Health Complexity Group, remaining a member of the connecting communites (C2) team.
In 2013 she joined the senior leadership team at Sidcot school near Bristol, to launch a Centre for Peace and Global Studies, focusing her time on weaving values in to the curriculum and the operations of the school.
Back at the University of Exeter from September 2016 she is currently Programme Director for the Masters in International Management.
Jackie believes that education should meet the child and human centred approaches to education sit at the heart of her work.
Rosie moved to the South West from Yorkshire with her family in 2008 and joined the South Devon Steiner School at the very end of Class 6. As an alumna of the school, Rosie wanted to get involved in the school again after graduating in 2012.
After experiencing a few different job roles, Rosie found her calling in the insurance industry in 2015 and progressed to Trainee Account Executive at an independent brokerage in Newton Abbot.
Rosie is passionate about young people in business and is a director of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce and aims to start a Junior Chamber of Commerce to help encourage business relationships between young entrepreneurs and business people in South Devon.
South Devon Steiner School is an activity of Rudolf Steiner School South Devon Limited, registered at
Devon TQ9 6AB
Phone: 01803 897377
We are registered as charity no. 286434.
Our annual reports are available on the Charity Commission website.
We are a registered company, no. 1693887, a private company limited by guarantee without share capital. For details on our company status, directors, charges and more view our entry on the Companies House website.
Chair of the Council of Trustees
The school's proprietor and governing body is the Council of Trustees which is chaired by
Mr P. Mark Drewell
He can be contacted at the above email address or by telephone and by post using the school's contact details.
Memorandum and Articles of Association
Download the Mem and Arts here.
Application to Join the School Association
If you are interested in joining the Council of Trustees please download and complete the application form.
Download the School Association membership application form
For any other governance related information please contact the Council Secretary, Rosie O'Neill, by email to email@example.com.