They make sure all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first and safeguard the charity’s assets, ensuring these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably. They delegate the day-to-day running of the charity to the Development Team and often devote time outside of meetings to support the team’s work.

Mark Hanson, Chair

Mark is deputy managing partner at Hakluyt where he leads the North American business. Before joining Hakluyt, he saw active service in the UK military in Operation Desert Storm, worked as a diplomat in Tehran and as a consultant at Bain & Company. Mark attended Bedales and the University of Cambridge. He has an MBA from INSEAD and is a former deputy chairman of UK Sport.

Magnus Bashaarat, Trustee

Magnus is Head of Bedales Schools. Prior to this he was Head of Milton Abbey School, Deputy Head of Stowe and a Housemaster at Eton. Magnus read English at the University of Edinburgh. He has an MBA from the University of Winchester and a PGCE from King’s College, London.

Richard Lushington, Trustee

Following a 19 year career in the Royal Air Force, which included serving on operations in Afghanistan and as part of Air Operations Iraq and which culminated in the command of a support wing, Richard became the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors of Bedales School in 2010 continuing in the role today.  He acts as secretary to the Bedales Grants Trust Fund and as a director of Bedales Services.  Richard actively supports the work of the Grocers’ Company and in particular its support of education.

Michèle Johnson, Trustee

Michèle was the first female sports sub-editor on the London Evening Standard, where she worked for 12 years. Prior to this she worked as deputy editor at Cricket Life International and a sports journalist at The Cricketer. Michèle is a former Bedales parent and has served on committees for the Friends of Dunhurst and the Bedales Parents’ Association. 

Clare Jarmy, Trustee

Clare Jarmy has taught at Bedales for 12 years, and has enjoyed working day-to-day with those attending the school on bursaries, as well as supporting fundraising and events. Prior to teaching, she had a brief spell in working in educational fundraising. Having herself been a recipient of a bursary when she was at school, she has experienced directly the transformative benefits, as well as the challenges of bursary support.

Dr Jessica Cross, Trustee

Jessica is a former Bedales parent and has been involved with the JBF since its inception. She spent 28 years in the City, applying her PhD in Financial Engineering to mineral economics, advising the mining and money under management sectors on the prognosis for the international precious metals markets. In 2010, she swapped her stiletto heels and brief case for green wellies and overalls to go sheep farming. She currently lives on her farm in Devon with around 60 free range animals of various breeds and species and from where she runs her Southdown wool bedding business.

Louisa Goldsmith, Trustee

Louisa is an old Bedalian, and a daughter of former headmaster Tim Slack and teacher Kate Slack. After Bedales, she read English Literature at Clare College, Cambridge, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She went on to study Paintings Conservation and worked as a conservator in London and Cambridge for a number of years, before moving to a farmhouse in the Welsh borders with her husband and their three children.