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.




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.

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.

David Cazalet
Co-founder of Information Risk Management, a leading expert in information security. He is responsible for a large portfolio of valued clients in the corporate space, identifying and driving business development and corporate strategy.

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.

Sophie Caruth
Initially a literary agent at the William Morris Agency, then her own management company, Sophie specialised in spotting and developing the writing and directing talents of new clients. Formerly she held a senior position managing Mason Rose, a sales and marketing company.

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.

Gary Crotaz
Gary is an executive coach specialising in high performance leadership and change, 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.

Holly Larrett
Formerly a senior executive in the finance industry providing investment advice to institutional investors, Holly has a practical understanding of how sustainability and business ethics relate to commercial success and the wider role of the corporate sector. Talented linguist with fluent Japanese. Currently sits on the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Wandsworth and consults on corporate governance and sustainability issues.

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. 

Katie Thorpe
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Katie has extensive experience across finance and accounting, valuation, audit, risk and internal controls, investor relations and general operations. Katie spent the first eight years of her career at PwC, following which she held senior positions in both operations and finance at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  She joined Law Debenture plc as Chief Financial Officer in June 2018.


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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