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 new june 2019

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 the Danes Educational Trust

HEC appointees:

Mrs 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.            

Mr 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.

Mrs Rosemary Hadfield MBE*   


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 the Danes Educational Trust Board:

Miss Rosie Faunch

(Education and Management)

Chair of Governors at St Helens School Northwood 2002-2014. Professional career as a management consultant in healthcare, currently a partner at The IT Health Partnership. Formerly roles as CEO of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and Executive Director of Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor.

Mrs 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.

The Danes Educational Trust Board - Trustees of the Danes Educational Trust

Member appointees:

Mrs Jane Bristow (Chair of the Danes Educational Trust Board)

(Facilities and Management)

Crown Representative at the Cabinet Office for the Facilities Management sector with over thirty years’ operational experience in the hospitality, services and supply chain sectors. Most recently CEO, Schools at Sodexo for the UK & Ireland, Benelux and Nordics and a member of the worldwide Executive Committee for that business. Senior Ambassador for the Imagine Campaign at Reading University and a non-executive director.

Mrs Kath Unger (Vice Chair of the Danes Educational Trust Board)

(Human Resources)

See above for biographical details

Co-opted (by Trustees):

Mr Nils Blythe


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.

Mr Darren Franklin

(Risk & Finance)

Currently contract director at BT Global. Experienced in contract and supplier management up to value of £1 billion, financial management and change management.

Mrs Carolyn Garner


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.

Mrs 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. 

Dr Malcolm Green

(Risk and Finance, Estate Management)

Chair of the Trust Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. 30 years prior to retirement as an executive of an international Aerospace Company, with non-executive director experience with the Department of Work and Pensions, an NHS Trust, and a local Housing Trust. On the Board of the Herts Local Government Pension Scheme.

Mrs Louise Soden


A former Headteacher, Louise has held a number of high profile roles in education. She joined HMI in 2002, eventually being put in charge of schools in Special Measures nationally. In 2013-14 she was made regional Director for Ofsted and National Director for Local Authorities.


Dr Josephine Valentine OBE 

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. Leader of Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance.



  • DanesEdTrust Image07:00 - 20/07/2019 We are delighted to announce the election of Jane Bristow as Chair of the Danes Educational Trust Board. She succeeds Rosie Faunch who moves away from the area having had a huge impact on the work of the Trust and its schools.
  • 08:26 - 05/07/2019 Congratulations Clement Danes School on being designated as one of the new computing hubs, supporting the vision for a world-leading computing education in England. 👏
  • DanesEdTrust Image09:10 - 04/07/2019 Absolutely delighted that one of our schools, has become one of the first of 23 National Computing Hubs. Looking forward to working closely with , , , to provide world-leading computing education.
  • DanesEdTrust Image08:15 - 01/07/2019 Extremely proud to be welcoming Chancellor's School into the Danes Educational Trust today. Looking forward to 'making the difference together' for students across our three schools in Hertfordshire: and .
  • DanesEdTrust Image07:00 - 29/06/2019 Last chance: A range of part-time and full-time roles across HR, Finance, Communications and Curriculum Support are now being advertised. Join our growing team at our two schools in South West Hertfordshire. Details:
  • 12:42 - 26/06/2019 Opportunity to join St Clement Danes School as Site Manager, working with a fantastic team of caretakers to manage our extensive site and first rate facilities. Closing date 5th July Details:
  • DanesEdTrust Image07:00 - 26/06/2019 ICYMI: A range of part-time and full-time roles across HR, Finance, Communications and Curriculum Support are now being advertised. Join our growing team at our two schools in South West Hertfordshire. Details:
  • DanesEdTrust Image02:16 - 21/06/2019 What makes some schools stand out? Thought-provoking article in today by our CEO Dr Josephine Valentine, referencing and its ‘Growing the Top’ pilot.