Aonghus Gordon (BA, PGCE, MEd) is Founder and Executive Chair of Ruskin Mill Trust.
In 1983, Aonghus founded Ruskin Mill Centre for Cultural Development, and pioneered the Living Earth Training course. In 1996, Ruskin Mill Trust was founded, for special needs education. In 2005, Aonghus was awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and The Times newspaper.
Ruskin Mill Trust currently operates five specialist colleges and three schools, including five Demeter certified farms and seven certified market gardens. In addition, there are a number of social enterprise initiatives, with a focus on cafés (of which there are five), and life skill training projects. Their inspiration is drawn from Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris.
The Trust’s Field Centre currently runs a Master’s in collaboration with Lillehammer Inland University, Norway. The Field Centre sponsors extensive research and currently supports four PhD’s in craft pedagogy, biodynamic ecology and Rudolf Steiner’s sensory integration, including research into the Trust’s method.
Ruskin Mill Trust currently works in the US, China, Hungary and Norway.