People at Tobias
MEd Arts in Therapy and Education; Dip. Art Therapy; Dip. PG Painting Therapy; PG Creative Supervision; RATh, Approved Supervisor PTUK
Gill is an Art Therapist and clinical supervisor of play and art therapists. Gill joined Tobias School of Art and Therapy in 1990 and since 1993 she has been the director of the Transpersonal Arts in Therapy training. She has been intensely involved in course accreditation and development. Gill is a graduate of Tobias, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education and of the Emerald Foundation, Holland. She has worked as an art therapist in primary schools, Waldorf schools, and with adults in medical and private practice She leads workshops in Europe and USA.
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.
Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI), Waldorf teacher training (SA) ,National Dip. Fine Arts.
Helen is a transpersonal arts counsellor, artist and art teacher. Helen joined Tobias School of Art and Therapy as a member of staff in 2020. Previously Helen worked for 17 years as an upper school art teacher and class guardian in a Waldorf School in South Africa. She has practised arts counselling in Waldorf primary and upper schools and with sex workers living in hostels. She also has a private art therapy practice.
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.
Tony is a recent joiner to Tobias, supporting the Faculty, part time, in the areas of finance, budgets & facilities. Prior to this Tony worked in IT for over 30 years in a variety of U.K. & Global roles. He has qualifications from both Manchester & Reading Universities. The influence of Tobias is such that after a gap of over 50 years, Tony has picked up a paintbrush & pencils again!
Catriona Alderton – Trustee Chair
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).
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.
RIBA, Dip Arch, BA (Hons) Arch, RSHom, DipBWY, DipFrench, ITEC
Jane is an ex-student of Tobias, a biodynamic gardener and admirer of many anthroposophical ideas. Throughout her life she has had an interest in both the arts and sciences. Originally working as a nurse, she exchanged a career in the NHS to train as a chartered architect in which arena she worked for over thirty years in the UK and France. During this time, she raised her two children and qualified as a homeopath and yoga-therapist. She was worked in East Sussex as a therapist and art teacher in schools, the Blind Society, the M S Society and with other groups for twenty years. She is an exhibiting artist
and published author.
Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI)
Jane Quail is a graduate of Tobias and has had a connection with the school since 2006. She worked for twelve years at Nutley Hall, an independent adult residential care community for people with learning disabilities. Jane is an artist and maker and Therapeutic Arts Counsellor.
We are very fortunate at Tobias School of Art and Therapy to have many visiting lecturers who bring their knowledge and expertise to enrich the educate of of students.