Patrons & Trustees

Read about the backgrounds and biographies of our Patron and Board of Trustees at Rambert School.


Anya Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, CBE

As Anya Linden, formerly Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet. Former Trustee of The Royal Opera House and Governor of The Royal Ballet School. Trustee of The Linbury Trust, and founder of the prestigious Linbury Prize for Stage Design. Currently Classical coach at Rambert School and The Royal Ballet School.

Christopher Bruce, CBE 

Christopher Bruce CBE is a British choreographer and performer. He was the Artistic Director of the Rambert Dance Company until 2002. He has been appointed patron of Rambert School since 2022.


Louise Verrill, Chairperson
An international  legal career in restructuring and capital markets. Numerous roles within the profession including former President of a Regulator, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and Chair of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.  Currently member of the Advisory Board of Christof Industries GmbH, an observer for INSOl International at United Nations and a Trustee of the Grange Festival.

Rachel Avery
A tenant of Devereux Chambers and a lecturer and Honorary Fellow at Durham Law School where she teaches employment and commercial law.

Sue Cambridge
As a former director of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Sue has extensive experience of a world leading arts examination board. Previously Sue held senior positions at Tate and the BBC. Sue is a chartered accountant with experience in private and public sector leadership roles.

Sarah Campbell
Publisher and co-founder of Rowman & Littlefield International, an independent book publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Sarah previously held senior positions at Continuum and Bloomsbury. She works with authors across the academic spectrum to develop projects that represent the cutting edge of modern scholarship.

Assis Carreiro MBE
Assis was for many years the Artistic Director and CE of DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse and is the former Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders. She is currently Director for Culture for the Quebec Delegation in London, and a freelance Cultural Producer and Programmer.

Deirdre Chapman
A Minnesota native now based in London, Deirdre’s performing career took her from San Francisco Ballet, to Rambert Dance Company and The Royal Ballet. Since gaining MA and teaching qualifications she is now a regular teacher and coach at major companies and schools, as well as focusing on staging productions including recent work by Crystal Pite at The Royal Ballet and Cathy Marston.

Alison Clarke
A global business leader in  Human Resources, Communications, ESG and Business Transformation. She has held a number of senior positions at Inchcape, Whitbread, Hutchison and United Utilities.Her career includes consulting and working with the not-for-profit sector supporting organisational development. She is a qualified Executive coach and mentor.

Gary Crotaz
Dr Gary Crotaz is an executive coach, award-winning author, keynote speaker and host of the hit podcast The Unlock Moment. Thinkers 360 named Gary the number 2 global thought leader in coaching for 2023. His book The IDEA Mindset was named Coaching Book of the Year by Henley Business School in 2022. He is on the board of Rambert Grades and the advisory board of high-growth tech scale-up Malt. Formerly Director of Group Strategy for Selfridges Group and Customer Director of Mothercare plc, he is a retired dancesport athlete and coach and represented England on multiple occasions at World and European professional ballroom dancing championships. He trained in medicine and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Professor Susan Jones
Professor Emerita of English Literature at St Hilda’s College, the University of Oxford. She is author of Conrad and Women, and Literature, Modernism, and Dance (for Oxford University Press) and publishes widely on modernism, and the history and aesthetics of dance. Formerly a soloist with the Scottish Ballet, Glasgow (as Anna McCartney), she is founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford. Following a Leverhulme Award, she is currently writing a book on Samuel Beckett and kinaesthetics. 

Ray Oudkerk
Ray has been a School Senior Leader for 10 years and is currently Vice Principal at The BRIT School in Croydon, a 14 -19 DfE funded state school specialising in Arts Education for all young people. He oversees Applied Theatre, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre and Theatre and leads on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Behaviour, Climate Awareness and Parental Engagement. Ray is also Chair of GCSE Dance.

Frances Prenn
Frances Prenn is the Founding Partner of Scott Prenn LLP, a London based strategic fundraising consultancy delivering high impact campaign services to non-profit organisations. In a career spanning over twenty five years both in the United State and Europe, Frances uses her expertise in strategic philanthropy and development, communications, fundraising, sponsorship and specialised events to advise US-UK transatlantic organisations, families and philanthropists.

Ian Stanley
Ian is a coach working with BAME university students helping to prepare them for the workplace. He has considerable experience in governance, both in the charity and corporate sectors, as well as managing professional teams and complex projects as a former partner in an international law firm.


The Board of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance presents the report and the financial statements of the School for the year ended 31 July 2019. You can view the pdf document here: Rambert School Annual Report 2020-21

The previous versions are available here:
Rambert School Annual Report 2019-20
Rambert School Annual Report 2018-19
Rambert School Annual Report 2017-18

Board agenda and minutes, once approved, are available on request.  Please contact Clare Buckle, Chief Operating Officer at 


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