Governance

The Trust Board adheres to the Articles of Association of the Trust and each sub-committee to the Trust Board has specific Terms of Reference that ensure good governance practice at all levels. Each school has a ‘School Board’, which is one of the sub-committees, and as such reports to the Trust Board of Trustees. At the bottom of the page you will find documents pertaining to the work of the Trust Board.

The diagram below outlines the current structure and lines of communication - a structure which is worked towards during the initial months of a school joining the Trust:

Governance Structure No Logo (2)

Our members and trustees are a committed and talented group who bring a wealth of experience with which to support the Trust. 

Below you will find further details. Those members and trustees marked with an asterisk are also trustees of the Holborn Estate Charity (HEC).

Members of Danes Educational Trust

HEC appointees:

Linda Clarkson MBE Chair of Members
Education & Management
Chair of St Clement Danes Academy Trust since opening in June 2011. Vice Chair of St Clement Danes School Charitable Foundation from 2007 – 2014.            

Mike Bruce
Finance & Management

A former Trustee, appointed as a member in 2019. Now retired, was formerly the Director of Information Technology at Moore Stephens LLP a firm of chartered accountants in London.

Rosemary Hadfield MBE   
Education
      
20 years teaching in the UK and abroad in the primary sector. 30 years association with St Clement Danes as a parent, governor and formerly Chair of Governors. HEC Trustee.        

From Danes Educational Trust Board:

Kath Unger
Human Resources

30 years in HR within the civil service before moving to the private sector in 2010 as HR Manager for a Hertfordshire based Insurance Broker. Associated with St Clement Danes School as a parent and then a governor from 1998 to 2012.

Danes Educational Trust Board - Trustees of Danes Educational Trust

Member appointees:

Kath Unger Chair of Danes Educational Trust Board
Human Resources

Co-opted (by Trustees):

Nils Blythe
Business

Executive Director, Communications, at the Bank of England (2011-2014), following a career at the BBC where, until 2011, he was the BBC Business Correspondent.

Tim Coulson
Education

Chief Executive of Unity Schools Partnership, a multi-academy trust in Suffolk and East London of 16 primary, 7 secondary and 2 special schools, with approval to open two further special schools and a primary school. He was previously the Regional Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education for the east of England and north east London.

James Freedman
An experienced entrepreneur who has founded businesses in the technology and media sector, most recently selling Zone, a leading digital agency, in 2017. He sits on a number of boards of both commercial companies and charities.

Carolyn Garner
Finance

Currently UK Tax Manager for an international manufacturing company. An experienced finance professional, who has also served on the Board of Governors of an FE college during a period of expansion.

Rachel Gauke
Legal & Regulatory

Solicitor working at a legal publishing company, writing practical guidance for lawyers. Specialist in corporate tax law, with experience as a practitioner and professional support lawyer having trained as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP. 

Kathryn Hardwidge
Audit

Currently the Group Internal Audit Manager at Jisc, the UK national research & education network. An experienced chartered accountant who has also served as the finance governor for Croxley Danes School. 

Lynn O'Connor
Diversity

A global diversity and inclusion specialist with over 20 years experience working in and with large corporate organisations in Financial Services, Oil & Gas Technology, Energy, Motor, and Insurance sectors which include HSBC, BP, Centrica, Perry Group and RSA. 

Pankaj Shah
A senior business and regulatory programme manager until 2018 with over 25 years experience of project delivery and business change at major asset management and banking firms in the City. Qualified initially with Arthur Andersen as Chartered Accountant. 

Dr Josephine Valentine OBE - CEO
Headteacher at St Clement Danes between 1998 and December 2017. NLE since 2008, providing school to school support for six secondary schools in Hertfordshire through Executive Headship or leadership coaching. 

Chairs of Danes Educational Trust School Boards

Jon Buoy, Chancellor's School Board

Terry James, Croxley Danes School Board

Sarah McEleavy, Onslow St Audrey's School Board

Martin Day, St Clement Danes School Board

Jonathan Huddleston, De Havilland Primary Interim Action Board

Documents

@DanesEdTrust

  • 01:16 - 19/07/2021 Our exhibition is now live! A huge congratulations to our students across the creative arts. We hope you enjoy this celebration of their work and see just how extraordinary they all are! https://t.co/aohlK9zVdn
  • DanesEdTrust Image12:11 - 19/07/2021 As we head into the summer break we have 3 support staff vacancies across our Trust, these are: Learning Support Practitioner ICT Network Administrator HR Administrator Further details can be found in the link below, or at or https://t.co/xdV3DbPOuH https://t.co/JTKf4dyaCo
  • 12:18 - 17/07/2021 Not over yet for everyone (a week to go here still), but some final thanks from me to all & beyond who have dedicated & achieved so much for our YP & communities. Enjoy the music and a well-deserved break when you do get there. https://t.co/TSI7d0oaag
  • 11:56 - 16/07/2021 Thank you for sharing this blog, a powerful account of a tumultuous year ‘At every milestone throughout this journey… we did it together. We did it for our families and friends, our pupils and our colleagues. Even on the darkest of days…’ https://t.co/DJPEwgrjGW
  • DanesEdTrust Image09:43 - 15/07/2021 This month we give a platform for voices across the Trust to tell the story of their year. It's a powerful account of the difference these individuals have made together & the strength of our team https://t.co/YQGgbJKLca https://t.co/lzBxFgHWvK
  • 10:30 - 14/07/2021 An absolutely superb launch to our new Partnership CPDL Offer last night from and Deputy Headteacher, Jonathan Huddleston, from ...exceptional delivery as part of our Train the Trainers Programme.
  • 03:41 - 05/07/2021 Contact Paula and Louisa at traintoteach.org.uk, Lu at ITTBucksHub.com or Chris at pricec.herts.sch.uk to express an interest in joining our family of schools through our new TRAIN TO TEACH programme https://t.co/vJtCVUqqAH
  • 12:31 - 05/07/2021 Danes Educational Trust is delighted to announce that from September 2021 future colleagues may TRAIN TO TEACH with its ‘Partnership’ Schools.