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.

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. 

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

  • DanesEdTrust Image02:09 - 03/03/2021 St Clement Danes School have a vacancy for an Administrator for their Music and SEN Departments. If you like a varied role and have school experience we would love to hear from you. See the link below or or for details. https://t.co/iveFEFxIh5 https://t.co/BrcqbQEErZ
  • 03:53 - 02/03/2021 We're always keen to meet trainee or qualified teachers who are interested in working . If you'd like to know more, appointments will be available at tomorrows Recruitment Fair. If you're unable to attend please email recruitment.org.uk.
  • DanesEdTrust Image02:26 - 26/02/2021 We are delighted that all Key Stage 3 students who submitted their final assignment during the Autumn Term 2020 for the Scholars Programme were awarded a First or a 2:1 'degree'. Very well done: fabulous commitment at such a time. https://t.co/QxKoMftwXm
  • DanesEdTrust Image11:51 - 25/02/2021 Well deserved praise for the team in https://t.co/HW7Zc2ZYPB https://t.co/DfkB69A72a
  • 09:17 - 25/02/2021 In light of today's announcement Josie and Rachel from our Trust are delivering thoughts to colleagues at Challenge Partners Schools regarding DET proposed approach to the non-examination series 2021. https://t.co/yszmudTkUD
  • 11:02 - 12/02/2021 This month's Blogpost comes from one of our Challenge Partners' Hub Leads, Andrew Jones. Brilliant 'takeaways' for best practice in a remote climate. Thank you, https://t.co/ttq82Qpp6e
  • 03:10 - 04/02/2021 We're looking forward to meeting more student teachers at the Teacher Careers Fair on Weds 10th February 2021. This will be a great opportunity to talk about the core values of , how we can make the difference together and our offer to NQTs. Book now!
  • 08:13 - 27/01/2021 What a wonderful way to reward and encourage. https://t.co/gcgSI4iHpo