James Macdonald Wright

Chair of Trustees

Business Development and Health & Safety


James was co-opted to the board of trustees in March 2017 with a specific brief to help with the development of the proposed Upper School and business development. He lives in Hackney and is married with three children at the school.

He is a Chartered Architect and is founder and director of Macdonald Wright Architects which specialises in low energy housing. Outside work, James spends as much time as possible with his family in Kent.

Anton Dell



Anton was appointed a Trustee in 2016.

He has many years’ experience in the world of fashion; in retail, manufacturing and as an agent. For the last twenty years, he has been CEO of a global consultancy that helps companies worldwide to export.

He has a great passion for anything cultural and can be found at the theatre or a concert as often as time allows.

He is a great advocate of Steiner education and has been closely connected with Kings Langley for 20 years.  Two of his children have been from KG to class 13 in Kings Langley where for 10 years he was chair of the PTFA as well as responsible for fundraising.

Alex Wolpert



Alex was a pupil at Michael Hall Steiner School for 15 years before training as an actor in London returning some years later to work at the school as a trustee. Alex was co-opted in 2017 to work as a trustee at St Paul’s to help with business structure and communications. He has three children at the school and lives in Hackney.

He founded and now runs a successful gin and whisky distillery in east London as well as running a small film production company.

Louise Newton



Louise was appointed a trustee in 2018. Louise is a parent and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.

Grazia Gatti

Upper School Development


Grazia was elected to the board of trustees in May 2018 to work on the development of an Upper School in London. Her daughter was at St Paul’s through to Class 8.

Grazia originally trained as a Literary Translator and worked with publishers in Italy for over 20 years, going on to lecture on MA translation courses in London. Since moving to the UK in 1992 she trained as a Homeopath and has been in full-time private practice since 2009.

Isabelle (Belle) Benson

Community Matters


Belle was appointed as Trustee in 2018. She is a parent of 3 children all currently at St. Paul’s and has been an enthusiastic member of the community for 13 years.
Belle has a masters in Fine Arts, but has spent most of her career managing teams and staff in entrepreneurial ventures in the world of Fashion and Interior Design, and most recently running a consultancy for creative entrepreneurs. She has been involved in many aspects of the school from running events and fundraisers, to co-chairing the St Paul’s Community Group.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please speak to any of the current trustees.