Stepping away from a career in professional theatre, including five years working for English National Opera, Dan Clements joined the College in 2011 to produce Wellington’s sesquicentenary celebrations at the Albert Hall and the Round Square International Conference. Dan was also responsible for introducing the Big Top to Speech Day for the first time in 2013 and has been in charge of producing and directing Speech Day ever since. In 2014 he joined the Academic Support department as a French specialist, and subsequently served as Head of Academic Support and SEN from 2015. Although he continues to work in the department, Dan gave up his roles as SENCo and Assistant HM of the Picton in 2017 to become Housemaster of the Benson. Dan lives in the Benson with his husband Aidan, a keen musician and Head of Mathematics at Wellington. Aidan also joined the Benson in 2017 and is the Upper Sixth tutor. Outside the life of the College, Dan is a keen quizzer, enjoys travelling and hiking, and has spent the best part of the last ten years developing an extensive wine cellar.
Home to 54 boys, the Benson is an out-of-College House which sits in its own beautiful grounds and has wonderful facilities. An extensive garden provides a great place for the boys to play together, and the yard is very popular for House games as well. A games room accommodates a 9ft snooker table, table football and darts board, while the TV room is the old library with its elegant oak panels. The old dining room has been transformed into a spacious and comfortable common room, used for House suppers, House events and general relaxation. The new kitchen/diner — the Lower Brews area — offers a central social space and focal point for the House. With all of this, the Benson is arguably the best appointed House in the college.
The House ethos is one based on the model of Service Leadership and looking out for others. This supportive sense of cohesion within and between different year groups enables individuals to perform above their expectations and hopes.