Profiles of the HfL Executive
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.
Andrew combines over 10 years of business experience with a passion for education to ensure that Herts for Learning offers high quality services at competitive prices.
Having trained as a chartered accountant, Andrew left accountancy practice to work as a commercial accountant in the retail sector. Working in this environment developed his understanding of the requirements of a successful customer-facing business, and also the importance of astute financial management.
Andrew’s keen interest in education led him to join Standards and School Effectiveness in 2007, initially as the business manager to the MECS service. Following a couple of internal promotions, Andrew assumed the role of Head of Business Management in April 2010 and in September 2013 became Herts for Learning's Chief Finance Officer.
Andrew has already supported the service through one significant transformation, and is leading on the ongoing development of the business. He provided key support and direction to the development of the Hertfordshire Internet and Connectivity Service (HICS) business model, which has operated very successfully since its inception. Andrew has also worked hard to ensure cost savings are delivered within Herts for Learning and to minimise price increases to Hertfordshire schools for HfL’s traded services.
Rachel joined the Herts for Learning Executive team as Director of Education Services in April 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience from an extensive and varied career in education.
As Director of Education Services, Rachel is the strategic lead for all of our education services to schools across all phases.
Prior to joining HfL, Rachel was the Principal of Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, in the London borough of Redbridge. She opened this non-selective Ark all-through academy for 4-18 year olds in 2012 and the school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted when inspected in 2014. Previous to this, Rachel held successful headship positions at the Walthamstow School for Girls for seven years and at Francis Bacon School, now called the Samuel Ryder Academy, in St. Albans between 2002 and 2004.
Alongside her headship experience, Rachel has been extensively involved in leading school improvement programmes and system leadership both in primary and secondary phases. She joined the London Leadership Strategy in 2007 as a Consultant Headteacher, supporting new headteachers through The London Leadership Strategy’s (LLS) Moving to New Headship programme. In 2009 Rachel set up Going for Great (G4G), now a flagship programme designed for leaders of outstanding primary, secondary, mainstream and special schools to continue to develop and learn from each other and support the schools around them
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at the London Centre of Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education. She also served as a member of the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the East of England and North-East London region.
Catherine joined Herts for Learning in June 2019, having previously worked for Hertfordshire County Council and been one of two directors appointed by HCC to sit on the HfL Board. Catherine has a professional background rooted in project and programme management which spans both the public and private sector.