Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace



Prof Garrett Thomson is GHFP CEO as well as Director of Research. He received his DPhil from the Oxford University. Currently he is Compton Professor of Philosophy at the College of Wooster, USA. He was formerly the CEO of the World Subud Association in 2005-2010. Garrett is the author of numerous books including Needs; Kant; Introduction to Modern Philosophy; and a series of introductory texts on Descartes, Locke, Aristotle, Kant, and Leibniz. He co-edited the six-volume The Longman Standard History of Philosophy. His other recent works include Una Introduccion a la Practica de la Filosofia, On Philosophy and On the Meaning of Life. Most recently, Garrett has co-authored books as part of the GHFP’s research team.
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Dr. Scherto Gill

Dr. Scherto Gill GHFP Research Fellow. Trained in education and sociology, she has developed with others the conceptual framework of ‘human-centred education’. Accordingly the focus of her work addresses key questions related to human flourishing and transformation. As a social researcher, Scherto is particularly interested in the significance of life histories and narratives in the shaping of a personal sense of self, integrity and the development and identification of courses of action in line with individual values. Scherto is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex where she leads the teaching and learning of a cohort of students who focus their study on human-centred education, as part of the MA in Education Studies. Scherto is the Executive Secretary of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace.



Alice McCarthy Sommerville

Alice McCarthy Sommerville, Research Assistant at GHFP, has an MA in Person-Centred Education from the University of Sussex, and a degree in English (with Philosophy). Her research interests include young people’s conceptions of reading and of learning itself, with a particular focus on respecting children and young people as rational agents, capable of articulating important issues. Alice is a governor and director of SANDS democratic school in Ashburton, Devon, a secondary school in which decisions are made by all members of the school (staff and students). She has experience working in primary schools, including working with children with special educational needs.

Alice helped build GHFP project collaborations with Eton College, the Swan Centre in Falmer, and our practice guide in Human-Centred Education.



Prof David Cadman is presently a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St. David and has held a number to professorial chairs and fellowships at universities in the UK and America. Within the scope of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, he has been working with the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace on a series of dialogues on the nature of ‘peacefulness’ and (with Scherto Gill) is the co-editor of ‘Why Love Matters: Values in Governance’. He is a Trustee of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the editor of the archive of the speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, volumes 1 and 2 having been published in 2014 by the University of Wales Press and a third volume being prepared for publication in 2018.



Prof. Ivor Goodson is a visiting Research Fellow at the GHFP. He is also Professor of Learning Theory at he University of Brighton, and Joss Owen Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. He is the Founding editor of the Journal of Education Policy. Ivor has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education and has contributed over 50 books and 600 articles to the field. Ivor was recently given the Michael Huberman award at the American Educational Research Association for his work on teachers’ lives; he has just been given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Gothenburg and made a Laureate of the Phi-Delta-Kappa Society in the USA.