St Paul's Steiner


The Trustees of both charities have overall legal responsibility; they are responsible for ensuring that the charities are run in accordance with their stated primary objectives, provide strategic leadership and robust accountability to the school and ensure that their assets are protected.  

The trustees are elected by the members of the Association or can be co-opted by other trustees.  

New trustees require two references as well as a DBS and Section 128 check. They undergo an orientation session to brief them on their legal obligations under charity and company law, the content of the memorandum and articles of association, the decision-making processes, the business plan as well as recent financial performance of the charity. They are given a tour of the building and an outline of current projects. Significant training in all areas of compliance continues throughout their term. 

Working as a team, the trustees give their time voluntarily to support, and challenge the Leadership team as they strive for the best outcomes for the children. The trustees meet twice a term formally, but in practice usually meet more often and in smaller groups and with their counterparts within the school depending on their portfolio. 

The school is always keen to strengthen the Board with trustees from beyond the school with the relevant knowledge and experience. 

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a trustee, please email the school office at

The Board is:

Belle Benson

Chair of Trustees


Belle was appointed as Trustee in 2018 and became Chair in June 2019. She is a parent of 3 children ( two of which have graduated from St Paul’s ) and has been an enthusiastic member of the community for 14 years. Belle has a Masters in Fine Arts, but has spent most of her career managing teams and staff in entrepreneurial ventures in the world of Fashion and Interior Design, and most recently running a consultancy for creative entrepreneurs. She has been involved in many aspects of the school from running events and fundraisers, to co-chairing the St Paul’s Community Group.

Matt René



Matt works in television, most recently as Producer and Director on a BAFTA nominated children’s comedy drama. His profession has given him skills that are very useful in his portfolio as he is well versed in disseminating information out to large teams in a timely fashion and understands the importance of a transparent and clear message.Matt was Steiner educated from Kindergarten until Class 11 and now all three of his children attend St. Paul’s. His hope as a Trustee is to help offer an encouraging and outward facing perspective and promote the wonderful ethos of our school.

Benjamin Parratt

HR and Safeguarding


Ben is employed by the Metropolitan Police Service. He has extensive experience in long term investigations and deals with a broad spectrum of individuals where clear communication and an open mind are critical. The necessity for transparency and accountability is fundamental in his current role and he hopes to apply that equally to his duties as a trustee. Ben values the capacity for happiness and creativity his Steiner education gave him. He believes his involvement as a Trustee, in some small way. ensures and education is available to others and continues to be.

Jayne Thomas

Quality of Education


Jayne became a Trustee in Summer 2020.  She is a fully qualified, accredited and experienced psychotherapist with a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and has been working therapeutically with families for over 10 years.  Her previous career was in the Voluntary Sector, working in the fields of disability and palliative care.  Her first degree was in English Literature and she has a strong interest in theatre, music and literature, and has written and directed a full length play performed by a local theatre group.  She hopes her psychotherapy training, organisational skills, and commitment to community involvement will add value to the Board of Trustees and to St Paul’s.

Daniel Zylberzstajn - Lewandowski



Daniel is a German GB-Correspondent. Before becoming a Trustee, in 2018 he co-founded and co-chaired school’s Diversity Group. Besides journalism, he has worked professionally on diversity topics, i.e. for YMCA England, South Bank University and Wahat-al Salam-Neve Shalom. He has been a Youth Mentor in Dalston, Vice-chair of a Housing Co-Op for vulnerable Londoners and co-founded Coram’s Fields User Group. Daniel graduated from SOAS in Third World History & African Politics and did his MA at Goldsmiths under Paul Gilroy. Daniel teaches Pilates as a side profession, which explains his MSc in Sports Coaching (Brunel). Daniel’s daughter has attended St Paul’s since 2013. His wife is British - Sierra Leonean Krio.

Roberta Renton



Roberta has years of experience working in Accounting and Finance, and has most recently been working with independent schools as both a director and a trustee. 

Roberta and her globetrotting family (2 adults, 2 kids and a cat named Barney) have lived in the UK, Canada and the USA . She has a strong affinity for and connection to Steiner education as her son attended the Chicago Waldorf School in the US.

Neil Kahawatte



Neil is a Chartered Architect who runs a studio based in North London. Prior to his architectural training he was educated from Kindergarten to Class 11 at a Steiner School. In parallel with his work in architectural practice he has undertaken various roles in architectural education, as a tutor, design critic, and examiner. 

Neil joined St Paul’s Steiner School as a Trustee in 2021, with a focus on its Grade II* Listed building. He hopes that his work will help children from a range of backgrounds enjoy the same creative and holistic education which he was so grateful to receive.