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.

    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.

    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 in November 2017.

    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.

    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.


    Beth Honnor

    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.

    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.

    Robert Staples

    I am the Headteacher at Fairlands Primary School, a large, three-form entry primary school in Stevenage.  I was elected to the role of primary phase non-executive director in March 2019.

    As an experienced Headteacher, and Chief Executive Officer of a small multi-academy trust (MAT), I am committed to strengthening collaborative working across the Hertfordshire family of schools.  I am passionate that Hertfordshire delivers the best educational outcomes for all children and believe our dedicated teaching and support staff deserve exceptional school improvement services.

    Andrew Wellbeloved

    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