Board of Directors
Profiles of the HfL Directors
I am currently lecturing at a Swiss hospitality school and building my own portfolio of business interests, including not-for-profit opportunities like Herts for Learning.
From 2001 to May 2019, I worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a Global Hotel organisation, in various roles, some of which are Strategy, Partnerships and Planning & Delivery. In my last role I was accountable for leading IHG’s transformation efforts, a role which encompasses organisational design, culture change, strategy, delivering cost savings of more than $125m and resetting the strategic direction of the company.
I studied Chemistry at Oxford, but more relevantly have an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Behavioural Science from the London School of Economics. I believe I will be able to use my recent professional experience, my academic qualifications and my passion for education to help my colleagues shape Herts for Learning into the company of choice to enable all young people to gain a great education.
Andrew de Csilléry
I passionately believe that all young people should be given the opportunity to access a great education, which lays the foundation for lifelong learning, so they are able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances.
I bring over 25 years of experience in international business to my role as Managing Director of Herts for Learning, alongside my educational experience as a Founding Trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching and a member of the MBA Admissions Committee of INSEAD.
I have worked for global organisations such as Disney and InterContinental Hotels Group where great customer service really matters. I am able to use my range of experience to ensure that Herts for Learning is the company of choice for services, resources and products, helping those we work with to deliver a great education.
I am Education Publisher at Collins, where I'm responsible for the strategic direction and performance of our educational publishing, for teachers and learners aged 3-18, across all the channels and markets we operate in. I am also Chair of Governors at Highover JMI. I joined the HfL Board as a primary phase non-executive director in November 2020, as I wanted to bring to bear my leadership and critical thinking skills in helping Herts for Learning deliver its strategic plans, and because through my professional and personal interests I am squarely aligned and committed to HfL’s mission to secure strong education outcomes for young people.
I am one of the two Directors nominated by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) to sit on the HfL Board. I am currently the Operations Director for Children and Young People at HCC and have extensive experience as a senior manager in children’s services. I have an MA in Applied Social Studies and Social Work from Oxford University, and MBA from the Open University. I am passionate about inclusive education and in my current role I provide strategic leadership for SEND transformation and provision, as well as Early Help (Families First) Services, the Virtual School, YC Herts and Specialist Adolescent Services in Hertfordshire.
Formerly Group HR Director for Tesco and Genus, I have had a career in retail and technology, both in the UK and internationally. My work was focused on talent and succession planning, management and leadership development. I have a degree in English from Durham University. Having left full-time work, I now work as a Non-Executive Director. I felt that, by joining the Herts for Learning Board, I can use my business skills to contribute to my home county’s schools and pupils. I feel passionately that, to have the best opportunity to succeed in life, a good education is a foundation stone.
I am the Headteacher at Marriotts School in Stevenage and I was elected to the role of secondary phase non-executive director in March 2019.
With over 14 years of senior leadership experience, including being founding Deputy Headteacher at the Oasis Academy in Enfield, I am motivated to help provide strategic leadership and accountability for HfL, to ensure schools’ needs are met and outcomes for all Hertfordshire’s young people continue to improve.
I am the Executive Headteacher of The Blue Tangerine Federation of specialist and SEND schools. I have previously worked across different school sectors as an art teacher and senior leader. I particularly value those opportunities educational professionals create that raise young people's self-esteem and self-improvement and as such work strategically and collaboratively to ensure this, wherever possible. It is an honour to become part of the HfL Board of Directors; a passionate and hard-working team, focussed on supporting children and schools.
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.
I am one of the two Directors nominated by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) to sit on the Herts for Learning Board. I am currently an Assistant Director of Finance at HCC, having previously worked in finance roles in both the private sector and central government (including at the Department for Education) for a number of years. I have a degree in History from Pembroke College, Cambridge. I am passionate about ensuring that every child has access to a great education.
For the past 15+ years I have worked with and grown teams that help to improve our world, with a specific focus on technology in education and social action. Having successfully supported several EdTech teams and products, I now help socially-minded organisations, like Herts for Learning, to grow and maximise their positive impact. My unique expertise in scaling up education organisations and executing transformation projects at-scale is an ideal fit with Herts for Learning‘s strategic plan.
I have been a teacher for 18 years, with 13 years senior leadership experience. I am in my fifth year as Headteacher of How Wood Primary School and Nursery in St. Albans and I was elected to the role of primary phase non-executive director in November 2020. Educationalists are in the privileged position to inspire ambition and I believe that education is the key to ensuring children have the opportunity to succeed in life and fulfil their potential. My passion is to ensure that this happens for all young people, whatever their background, as providing an excellent education for all is fundamental to removing barriers and effecting change.
I am the Headteacher at Townsend School in St. Albans. I joined the HfL Board as a secondary phase non-executive director in April 2016 and I was re-elected for a second term in March 2019.
I am a long-serving Headteacher and have extensive knowledge of leadership and management both in and outside of education. Previously, 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