People at Tobias

  • Gill_David - Head of SchoolGillian David
    MEd Arts in Therapy and Education; Dip. Art Therapy; Dip. PG Painting Therapy; PG Creative Supervision; RATh, Approved Supervisor PTUK

    Gill is a fully accredited and registered Art Therapist and clinical supervisor of play and art therapists. Gill joined Tobias in 1990 and since 1993 she has been the director of the Transpersonal Arts in Therapy training and has been intensely involved in course accreditation and development.  Gill is a graduate of Tobias and of the Emerald Foundation, Holland. She works as an art therapist in primary schools, leads workshops in Europe and USA and has worked as an art therapist in Waldorf schools, with adults and in medical and private practice.


    Maria_Albiez - Senior LecturerMaria Albiez
    RATh, Dip. Art Therapy, CAHSC, Sculptor, Supervisor

    Maria is a fully accredited and registered Art Therapist and clinical supervisor of art therapists. Following study and work with children in remedial education Maria studied Art Therapy at Tobias School of Art, graduating in 1992. She then undertook post- graduate study in Sculpture Therapy at the Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studio and since 1997 has been co-director of the Studio working both as artist and tutor. She also maintains an art therapy practice and has worked in clinics and hospitals.


    Jonathan_Chequers - General ManagerJonathan Chequers
    MA Art, Body and Representation

    From being a sculptor and art tutor Jonathan followed this with a period of academic study of Art History, specialising in contemporary art practice. Jonathan teaches writing, research, study and presentation skills along with lectures on Art History. He is also the General Manager for Tobias.


    Helena_O'Sullivan - Office ManagerHelena O’Sullivan

    Helena began working in the Tobias office in June 2004 after relocating with her family from South Africa. She is the office manager, first aid and student welfare officer. She also arranges all campus accommodation.

  • Dr Angela Evans B.Ed Hons, MA Psychoanalytic Observational Studies in Children and Young People.Angela is experienced in NHS child and family Mental Health Services, trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and is a member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Her training followed fifteen years of professional teaching practice.


    Elisha Maran-Barnell RATh, BA ArtsElisha trained as a general nurse, a psychiatric nurse and then as an art therapist and teacher. She worked at Park Attwood Clinic, mainly as an Anthroposophical nurse, but also as a part time art therapist and teacher. She works with groups of adults suffering from mental health problems and individuals suffering from Dementia.


    John Playfoot RATh John Playfoot is an art therapist who worked 18 years as the art therapist at Park Attwood Clinic. He teaches on various training programmes and currently as a school art therapist. He continues to develop his own artistic work in the medium of kiln glass.


    Linda Martin, MA Gestalt Psychotherapy, BA Hons, BACP, UKCP Linda was the course leader for the Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling at West Kent College 1993-2008. She currently examines student work as facilitators of Gestalt therapy groups. She has developed a private practice working with individuals and in schools. She also runs CPD training courses on diverse topics including Death and Dying, Working with Borderline Clients, etc.


    Jane Clift BA, MCGI Jane is an artist, designer and Transpersonal Arts Counsellor. She has previously worked as a Waldorf Teacher and with children with special needs.


    Richard Heys BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE (DTLLS)Richard is an artist and independent teacher. He is a visiting lecturer at Tobias School of Art and Therapy, Emerson College, Peredur Eurythmy School and the London Waldorf Seminar.


    Asta Jakobsdottir, MCGIAsta is an arts counsellor, massage therapist and a fitness instructor very interested in holistic health with the aim to incorporate spirituality at the heart of modern living.


    Stephen SandsManager of Cherry Orchard Camphill Community which is a therapeutic community whose aim is to help adults recovering from the debilitating effects of any life crisis, this may include mental health or psychological problems, learning difficulties, individuals recovering from substance or alcohol abuse.


    Marion Green HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist and Social Worker and Certified Trauma Therapist (WV USA). Marion’s art therapy practise and experience has been in prisons, with sex workers, traumatised adolescents, the chronically sick and dying, in adult acute and intensive psychiatric care and with offenders in the community. As a social worker she specialised in child protection and adoption. Currently she facilitates workshops and teaches courses on Burn Out and Secondary Trauma and works privately with individuals offering Intensive Trauma Therapy (L. Gantt and L. Tinnin model WV. USA)

  • Helen_Scott - Trustee ChairHelen Scott – Trustee Chair

    After graduating from Durham University, Helen spent ten years working in the publishing industry in Sales and Marketing, in both the UK and Southern Africa before giving up full-time work to nurture four children in West Sussex. Whilst doing this, Helen re-trained in Adult Education at the University of Bedford and has since worked fo r the NHS and NCT delivering antenatal classes.


    Christopher_Clouder - TrusteeChristopher Clouder 

    Christopher Clouder is an international lecturer and author of books and many articles not only on Steiner education but also on other educational and cultural subjects. He has made presentations in the EU and Westminster parliaments and been instrumental in gaining public funding for Steiner education in England. Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.From 1989 to 2012 he was the founder and CEO of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education that spans some 680 schools in 27 countries. In 1997 he co-established the Alliance for Childhood, a global network which campaigns for the right of young children to be allowed to experience their childhood in a healthy and fulfilling way. He has recently been appointed the Director of Pedagogy of the newly founded Il Liceo dei Colli in Florence.Christopher is also Director of Research on Social and Emotional Education and Creativity for the Fundación Botín and his teams have produced five international reports on these themes.


    Catriona_Alderton - TrusteeCatriona Alderton

    Catriona is a Tobias graduate, and has been practising Art Therapy  and teaching art classes since 2010. She previously worked in Human Resources, Skills and Training. Her family are Diplomats, as is her husband. Living overseas for most of her life has has given her a unique cultural perspective, instilling values of tolerance, understanding and respect. Catriona is currently living in London, working remotely as Tobias Student Placement Coordinator  (part time).