Trustees

Sarah Hollis

Sarah Hollis

Chair

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 Mendonca

Renata Mendonca

Treasurer

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.

Bavaani Nanthabalan

Bavaani Nanthabalan

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 Shamji

Allya Shamji

Legal

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.

Chantal Cantle

Chantal Cantle

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

Lee Lewis

Parent

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. 

Sam Carlisle

Sam Carlisle

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.

Yasmine Calil

Yasmine Calil

Finance

Yasmine has worked in structured finance for over 10 years supporting European Banks with their capital and accounting considerations. Prior to this ,Yasmine worked in wealth management in New York, where she completed her Masters in Psychology and Neuroscience at Columbia University. Yasmine started as a volunteer at Icandance in January 2023 and joined the board of trustees in December.

Max Cole

Max Cole

Parent

Max is a barrister by profession. His daughter, Rose, 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.

Lauren Fenton

Lauren Fenton

Parent

Lauren is mum to Bea, who has been coming to icandance since 2019. With a background in accountancy and project management, Lauren worked for 13 years as a management consultant in a Big4 professional services firm, leading improvement programmes with large global companies cross-industry. Since leaving her Corporate career to focus on her family, Lauren has launched a podcast which she hosts and produces for the parent carer community.