Profile: Richard Aronowitz-Mercer


Co-opted to Board of Trustees July 2020

Key Skills

Setting a vision, values and goals
Teamwork and collaborative decision-making
Communication skills


“My mother went to Michael Hall School, having come over as a refugee from Germany in 1939, and my brothers and I attended Michael Hall and Wynstones because of my mother’s profound gratitude for the Steiner education that gave her a nurturing childhood away from her family and her homeland.

“I was at Wynstones for thirteen years, from 1974 to 1987, and have always been deeply grateful for how it shaped me as a person. Its humane, creative, gentle and nurturing ethos has, indeed, left a deep and abiding imprint on so many of its former pupils. Although I come from a family with a longstanding connection to Rudolf Steiner schools, my perspective has been shaped over the last 33 years by the world far beyond Waldorf education, and I hope that this experience will be of some benefit to Wynstones through my role as a trustee as the school is reshaped and reopened.

“I left Wystones at seventeen to pursue my ‘A’ levels in Stroud, and then studied German at Durham University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxford University. I have worked for 25 years in the London art world. I was formerly the Director of the Ben Uri Gallery in London and am now a Senior Director at Sotheby’s, where I have worked in all for 23 years, now head of the Restitution Department working as a Nazi loothunter and provenance specialist.

“I speak regularly on my work at conferences and institutional events in the UK, Europe and the United States. I am also a widely-published poet and novelist and write about love and the natural world, and some of the darker aspects of our history. I live with my wife and young son in Oxford.”