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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Ben Jay

    I am one of the two Directors nominated by HCC to sit on the HfL Board. As Head of Corporate Finance at HCC, I am well placed to support the financial management and sustainability of HfL and the work of the Audit and Risk Committee.

    With a wide range of finance experience at a senior level across the health service and several local authorities, I am passionate about ensuring that we get the best value out of the limited resources we have for the good of the local community.

    Gavin Flynn

    I have worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a Global organisation, since 2001 in various roles, some of which are Strategy, Partnerships and Planning & Delivery. I am currently 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 this in helping my colleagues shape Herts for Learning into the company of choice to enable all young people to gain a great education.

    Catherine Glickman

    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.


    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.

    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

    I am the Headteacher at Lonsdale in Stevenage, a school for physically and neurologically impaired young people aged from 3 to 18 years. I 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, I passionately believe in building successful learning communities through collaboration and leadership. Through my experience of managing cultural change in education, I understand the potential that local partnerships have for developing schools and enhancing the experience of young people and families.

    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.