Board of Directors
Profiles of the HfL Directors
Interim-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Personnel & Remuneration Committee
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.
Professor Paul Layzell
I have a passion for and a deep understanding of the education sector, and I will use my experience to help Herts for Learning achieve their vision of providing schools, settings and trusts with high-quality products, services, and training to support them to deliver a great education.
For the past 12 years, I have been the Principal and Chief Executive at Royal Holloway, University of London and have served in other senior roles at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and UMIST. With expertise in information technology, I developed early video-based and computer-based training techniques and products and worked on experiments in distributed group-based working using technology.
I am an experienced Chair and Board member, having chaired the Boards of London Higher, representing London’s higher education institutions, and AQA, the UK’s largest exam board for GCSE and A-level qualifications.
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 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.
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 Headteacher at The John Warner School in Hoddesdon and joined the Board as a secondary phase non-executive director in March 2022.
As Headteacher, vice-Chair of Governors at The Rivers ESC and with 18 years of senior leadership experience in Hertfordshire, I have built up a significant understanding of education across the county. I am driven by a passion for equitable opportunities, intelligent accountability and strategic innovation.