Sarah has worked in schools educating children for over 25 years as a teacher, a departmental leader, a deputy head and a head, in both state funded and independent preparatory schools. She has sat on Boards of Governors for schools and on committees of the Independent Association of Prep schools and remains an Independent School Inspector. She has qualified as a child bereavement councillor. Sarah is married with 2 children.
Renata is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of experience in both industry and professional services. She developed her career in large global companies in several Finance related areas, such as Finance & Accounting, Consulting, Risk Management and Internal Audit.
Trustee (Dance, Education & Camden)
Bavaani has worked in schools for over 40 years and led several successful primary schools in Camden. As Executive Headteacher of Netley Campus, she instigated the creation of a values based curriculum; giving every child the chance to learn, form successful relationships and thrive in an inclusive and culturally rich environment. In 2020, Bavaani was awarded the National Headteacher of the Year for Primary Schools.
Allya is a lawyer with 15 years experience in commercial and corporate transactions. She works as in-house counsel for global companies and banks. Allya has an interest in volunteering for organisations that support the teaching and development of children, and is very much looking forward to supporting icandance as a Trustee. Allya has a daughter in primary school and enjoys ballroom dancing in her spare time.
Trustee (Human Resources)
Chantal Cantle joined Balderton in 2021 as Head of People. She brings over 20 years of senior people and management experience to the team. Chantal has a broad range of expertise gained in corporate, investment banking, private equity and startups. In her last role, she oversaw the People function and the US & European scale up for a rapid-growth SaaS tech startup. She is used to establishing and embedding People functions, fostering internal talent, and ensuring best practices across the employee lifecycle.
Lee Lewis is dad to Dexter who has been coming to icandance on a Saturday morning for more than 5 years. Lee works in the tech property sector and helps get office buildings ready and connected with fibre. Outside of work and being a dad, he enjoys cycling and swimming.
Trustee (PR/ Communications)
Sam Carlisle is founder and director of Cause Communications, a PR company specialising in working with charities. Before this she had 25 years’ experience in national news journalism. Sam has two children. Her daughter, Elvi, is a wheelchair user with complex needs who loves to dance.
Max is a barrister by profession. His daughter, Rosie, has been going to icandance for over ten years on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings. He has seen first hand the positive impact that the charity has and is delighted to support its work as a trustee.
Yasmine has worked in structured finance for over 10 years supporting European Banks with their capital and accounting considerations. Prior, Yasmine worked in wealth management in New York, where she completed her Masters in Psychology and Neuroscience. Yasmine started as a volunteer at icandance in January 2023.