St Clement Danes School changed from a Single Academy Trust to a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) on 23rd August 2016. The MAT was named the Danes Educational Trust. It is a private company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Registered Number: 07671949 Registered Office: Chenies Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire WD3 6EW
The Danes Educational Trust currently has three schools within its Trust, St Clement Danes School, Croxley Danes School and Chancellor's School. All schools have their own School Boards.
The Trust's members, trustees and our governors are a committed and talented group who bring a wealth of experience with which to support the school. Many have worked with St Clement Danes for a number of years, supporting us through huge changes, both in terms of the educational landscape and the buildings of the school itself.
The Trust's Members and Trustees, together with the Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference for each school's School Board can be found by following the link below:
School Board of St Clement Danes School
Below you will find further details of our School Board. Any governors marked with an asterisk are also trustees of the Holborn Estate Charity (HEC).
Foundation governors (HEC appointees):
Mr Martin Day (Chair)
Martin, appointed as a Parent Governor in Dec 2017 and as a Foundation Governor in spring 2019, has many years' experience as a governor of schools with Academy status. His professional background is in financial services and the higher education sector, as Vice Principal of a university college, where he was a member of national advisory committees. He is now a non-executive director of an international further education provider and a higher education institute for the music industry, as well as an independent business consultant. His key objectives are to deliver enhancements through consolidation of the School Board within the Multi Academy Trust and to contribute to the growing focus on staff and pupil wellbeing. (Lead Governor: Finance and SLT and staff performance).
Mr Mohan Gharial (Vice Chair)
Mohan, appointed as a co-opted governor in March 2012, has been involved with overseeing the significant school development and expansion, such as the new sixth form building and the move to multi- academy trust status. He currently chairs the Admissions Committee. He is also an active member of the school community, for example as a volunteer on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, as well as regularly supporting the great events organised by the Parents' Association and attending the outstanding productions put on by the students. (Lead Governor: Admissions & Standards)
Ms Lynn O’Connor
Lynn, appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2017 is a specialist organisational development practitioner with extensive HR experience. She is very keen to ensure that all students are encouraged to have high aspirations for their future careers. (Lead Governor: Careers)
Co-opted governors (by the Danes Educational Trust Board):
Mr Nick Edwards
Nick is an Old Dane who owns his own television lighting business and has continued to support the school in this field since he left. He has volunteered in a local sailing club and with the Teenage Cancer Trust. Interested in supporting Health & Safety and estate management, he has a clear commitment to ‘giving something back’ to the school. (Lead governor: Estates Management and Health & Safety)
Mrs Palak Shah
Approached through ‘Inspiring Governance’ website, Palak is an HR manager working for a national construction company with an MA in HR Management and some CIPD certification. She is experienced in legal and financial matters. Palak’s first degree is a Bachelor of Commerce (accounts degree) from Gujarat University, India. (Lead governor: Governor skills & CPD)
Ms Camilla Haggith-Khonje
An Old Dane (and School Council member), Camilla is a solicitor and Head of the Wills, Probate and Life Planning department at Lennons Solicitors in Chesham. As well as legal experience, Camilla is interested in supporting female achievement. She has been involved in some voluntary work linked to her profession and in building financial awareness. (Lead governor: SEND)
Mr Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke was appointed co-opted governor in September 2019 and he has two boys currently at the school. Steve is co-founder of a technology consultancy and he has also been a corporate Chief Technology Officer. As a result, he is particularly interested in helping develop the school’s technology strategy and capability and the student’s engagement with STEM. (Lead Governor: ICT)
Mrs Aideen Ward
Aideen worked as an in-house lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. She is committed to working with teachers, governors, parents and students to help achieve the school’s goals and objectives and to continuously improve in today’s challenging environment. Professional and pragmatic, she believes that working collaboratively within diverse teams is key to ongoing success. (Lead governor: Wellbeing & Behaviour)
Dr Scott Kemp
Scott is a hospital consultant specialising in anaesthesia and critical care for 14 years at a London teaching hospital. He is involved in medical education, working for the Royal College of Anaesthesia as a College Tutor and educational supervisor. He has also been involved with setting up several Clinical Fellowship programmes. He is the Clinic Case reviewer for the hospital Trust which involves risk assessment, best practice and self-governance. (Proposed lead governor: Safeguarding, inclusion and Looked After Children)
Mrs Karen Ingleby
Karen was appointed as a staff Governor in June 2019. Karen leads the Drama Department at the school and is looking forward to representing the teaching staff on the School Board.
Mrs Deborah Harvey
Debbie was appointed as support staff Governor in 2017 and is the assessment and exams manager. Debbie has 20 years' experience as a governor at a primary school in Watford and has previously worked as a research scientist, a personal assistant to a charity regional director and various administrative roles in the private and state sector of secondary and higher education. (Lead governor: LGB effectiveness)
Mr Toby Sutherland
Toby joined St Clement Danes in 2017 having been Deputy Head at another Hertfordshire secondary school for a number of years. He was appointed as Headteacher in January 2018, succeeding Dr Josephine Valentine who left to become full time CEO of the Danes Educational Trust.
Mr Richard Carey MBE
Richard has a long association with the school, and is Chair of the St Clement Danes Holborn Estates Charity, for which work he received an MBE in 2002. The Sixth Form, Maths and Art block at the school is named after him.
To contact the Chair of Governors, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The minutes from the Local Governing Board meetings can be viewed at the main reception of the school.