Nigel Ludlow

    My background is in knowledge and information for businesses having spent 30 years in marketing and management roles at The Economist. I am passionate about how  public and private sector expertise can work together to deliver real excellence. I am currently Director of Assets at the Museum of London.

    Andrew de Csilléry

    Andrew joined Herts for Learning in January 2017 and became Managing Director in April 2017. Andrew, who brings over 25 years of experience in international business, is a Founding Trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching and sits on the MBA Admissions Committee of INSEAD, the international business school based in France and Singapore. His career spans the globe, from the UK and continental Europe, to Asia, Australasia, the US and South Africa, where he has held a number of senior strategy and management roles with companies such as Disney and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Andrew believes passionately that all children should be given the opportunity to benefit from a great education that lays the foundation for lifelong learning. He is looking forward to using his experience of businesses where great customer service really matters to ensure that Herts for Learning works ever closer with schools and partners to deliver services of the highest quality and best value for money for the benefit of all children in Hertfordshire.

    Andrew has a BA in Physics and an MSc in Laser Physics, both from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD. He recently completed the Diploma from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust, graduating with the hors-concours prize from the Vintners Company for the outstanding non-trade graduate.

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    Kate Smith

    I was appointed to the headship of Monk’s Walk school in September 2011 (my second headship), having previously been Head of Secondary School Eectiveness for Hertfordshire. I believe this experience gives me an insight into how Herts for Learning can best provide for schools’ improvement needs.

    Mike Collier

    I am one of the HCC appointed directors on the HfL Board, reflecting the authority’s commitment in ensuring the success of HfL. I am a qualified accountant and am currently the Assistant Director (Strategic Finance & Performance) for HCC’s Environment Department, having previously been Assistant Director for Commissioning & Resources in Children’s Services.

    Amanda Godfrey

    In my work as an executive head of Spiral Partnership Trust, and previously as a Hertfordshire headteacher for seventeen years, I have a strong personal commitment to school improvement. As a founding member of HfL I am proud of the progress HfL has made as a company and look forward to continuing to work with HfL to ensure it works with all types of schools to provide the excellent quality of support and services which enables school leaders, sta and governors to deliver the quality of education children and young people in Hertfordshire need and deserve.

    Robin Barrett

    Formerly a Senior Vice President on the Global Management Team at American Express and a Vice President at J.P. Morgan, I am a passionate leader and executive coach. I am a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and my career has spanned information technology, operations, and product management working in London and New York. I am now Executive Coach to members of the executive teams at several leading banks and IT companies.

    Natalie Knight-Wickens

    I am a solicitor specialising in corporate & commercial law, a mother of two, and Chair of Governors at Sheredes Primary School. Having grown up and been educated in the local area before embarking on a career in law, I am passionate about ensuring excellence in education for children. Much of my work as a solicitor has education elements, including negotiating contracts for educational software, advising on group reorganisations for student unions and refinancing a further education college.

    Graham Lane

    I am passionate about education and am vice chair at Oaklands College, Hertfordshire National Apprenticeship Service Ambassadors Network and a governor of Redbourn Infants and Nursery School. I sit on several business boards such as Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. I am also Managing Director of a Hertfordshire IT business.

    Annemari Ottridge

    Annemari is the Headteacher at Lonsdale in Stevenage, a school for physically and neurologically impaired young people aged from 3 to 18 years. She was elected to the role of special and alternative provision school/academy phase non-executive director and will replace Paul Johnson on the HfL Board.

    With over 28 years of experience in education Annemari passionately believes in building successful learning communities through collaboration and leadership. Through her experience of managing cultural change in education she understands the potential that local partnerships have for developing schools and enhancing the experience of young people and families.

    Catherine Tallis

    I am one of the two Directors nominated by HCC to sit on the HfL Board. My work at HCC centres around education transition, so I am well placed to support the development of HfL within the broader background and direction of Children's Services. My professional background is rooted in project and programme management and spans both the public and private sector.

    Andrew Wellbeloved

    I am a long-serving headteacher and have extensive knowledge of leadership and management both in and outside of education. Previously, for nine years, I was a trustee of a national youth organisation/charity for children and young people aged 6 to 18 with considerable experience of providing strategic leadership, maintaining accountability, ensuring compliance and creating a strategic vision. I am passionate about inclusive education and ensuring that all schools/academies have access to the best support and advice available empowering them to deliver a first class education for all children and young people across Hertfordshire and beyond.