Who are we?

Hermes Trust has four Trustees and one Administrator, all of whom are well acquainted with a range of enterprises based on anthroposophy. They are:

Richard MastersRichard Masters (Administrator) who has spent 30 years in social finance, including stints at Charity Bank, CAF's Investors in Society, Triodos Bank, and its predecessor Mercury Provident. He studied Accounting with Computing at the University of Kent.

Michael BalcombeMichael Balcombe who was born in New York, grew up in London, and then lived for extended periods in French Switzerland, Canada and the USA. He was educated at Dulwich College and Warwick University, after which he went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry, both as a chemist and manager. He has had a lifelong interest in aspects of social development which took him to different initiatives, including Camphill. Now semi-retired, he is a Maths and Science tutor.

Graham HolmanGraham Holman who retired in 1995 from a career in Local Government where he was Chief Administrative Officer in the City of London and elsewhere. He has been a member of the Christian Community and the Anthroposophical Society since the 1980s. His daughter is a music teacher in the West Country and his son a Christian Community priest in South Africa where he lives with his family.

Margaret JonasMargaret Jonas who was formerly the librarian at Rudolf Steiner House, London and also involved in administration within the Anthroposophical Society. Now retired, she is largely occupied with writing and editing anthroposophical and related works.

Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith who worked in the Steiner school movement over a number of years - as education facilitator, trustee, member of the executive group of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, and also as lay inspector for Ofsted inspections of Steiner schools. Latterly, with a passionate interest in biodynamic agriculture, he has become a trustee of land-holding charity St Anthony's Trust, director of Tablehurst Farm in Forest Row, Sussex, and part-time manager of the farm's affiliated care home. He also organises talks and workshops at Emerson College.