St Clement Danes School is part of Danes Educational Trust. The Danes Educational Trust Board has responsibility for the operation of the Trust, but delegates some of the responsibilities to a local level. Therefore, schools within the Trust have a School Board, comprising local Governors. The School Board holds 4 meetings per year. In addition, each School Board has an Admissions Committee and a Senior Staff Pay and Remuneration Committee.
To contact the Chair of Governors or request the minutes of the School Board meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Board of St Clement Danes School
Below you will find further details of our School Board.
Mr Steve Clarke (Interim Chair)
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: Community governor (learners and careers))
Trust Appointed Governors:
Mrs Shane Markanday
Shane was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in June 2021. She is an experienced accountant currently working as an Internal Audit Manager at a large global banking group. Shane has had varied experience managing and delivering a range of specialist reviews across both the public and private sector including HR, Finance, Operations and Compliance. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity and the importance of wellbeing at work. Shane is the Community governor (parents and the wider community).
Dr Scott Kemp
Scott was appointed a parent governor in 2018 and has three sons at the school. He is a consultant intensivist and anaesthetist at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Trust. He is the clinical lead for ICU. He has experience in delivering medical education and is involved in the process of accreditation of standards in anaesthesia. (Lead Governor: Safeguarding and attendance; Vulnerable learners (SEND, PP, CLA))
Mrs Joyce Blacha
Joyce was appointed a Co-opted governor in 2023. She has over 15 years of experience in Risk Management in financial services and is currently a Control and Governance Manager in a large banking corporation. She has 3 young daughters in primary school, one of which has special needs. She is passionate about building awareness about neurodiversity and mental health. She is always interested and open to coaching young people and creating early careers opportunities for them. Joyce enjoys reading and travelling.
Elected Staff Governors (Pending Staff Election)
Elected Parent Governors:
Mrs Jaime-Lee Keen
Mr Danny Kindell
Danny was appointed a parent governor in 2023 and has two sons at the school. For the past seven years, Danny has also been involved in the SCD Business Mentoring Programme. Danny is a former student and former Head Boy of the school in 1992. Following his time at St Clement Danes, Danny was awarded a 4 Year Soccer Scholarship at the University of Hartford, Connecticut USA. On returning to the UK Danny joined the family IT business, NBM Technology Solutions Ltd and after holding various roles in the Company, became Managing Director in 2004.
Mr Toby Sutherland
Toby joined St Clement Danes School in September 2017 as Deputy Headteacher before being appointed Headteacher in January 2018. He joined us from Queens’ School, Bushey where he was Deputy Headteacher for four years.