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.
Tony joined Herts for Learning in July 2018. As Director of Marketing and Events, Tony is the strategic lead for all of our marketing, communications and events activities.
His commercial experience is wide-ranging, covering industries as diverse as travel, media and financial services. Within the education field, Tony has held senior marketing positions with GL-Assessment, British Study Centres and the Bell Educational Trust. He has previously lectured on marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School, UCL and Imperial College.
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.
Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director (Early Years), is the strategic lead for early years in Hertfordshire and leads the early years team which supports schools, children’s centres and early years settings to develop high quality provision and improve outcomes for young children and their families.
Mireille’s expertise includes the strategic use of data to support leaders in improving the quality of provision enabling children to maximise their potential. She leads training sessions, coaches staff teams and develops appropriate planning and assessment systems and procedures to meet the requirements of the EYFS. She is a Hertfordshire Children’s Centre Improvement Partner.
Mireille has taught in the foundation stage and key stage 1, has supported PVI settings as a qualified teacher and has led and managed large day care settings. Mireille’s participation in the EEL research project fostered her interest in analysing children’s well being and involvement to support and enable learning.
Alison is the Director or Business and Organisation Development and joined Herts For Learning in September 2017. She has over 25 years of experience in sales and business development working for leaders in their field, including Glaxo and BUPA, and was a director of The London Clinic, the UK’s largest independent hospital. Her passion for education prompted her to become a school governor (and latterly Chair) where she experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of life in a Hertfordshire school. Before joining Herts for Learning she spent 18 months working with a young social enterprise being nurtured within the Innovation Hub at Teach First.
Matt Schofield joins HfL as Transformation Director to help implement new operational IT systems that support intelligent working and digital products and allow HfL to support schools and settings more efficiently. Matt is passionate about the role that technology can play to improve outcomes for young people.
Matt is an experienced non-profit technology executive, who has run and grown a series of education and technology innovation non-profit organisations (Cambridge Network, London Technology Network, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs) as well as supporting many IT systems implementations across Europe and the Americas in his 30+ year career for Accenture, McKinsey and other strategic consultancies.
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.
Tracy has extensive experience in education, having worked in five different local authorities; two of them London boroughs. She has been the successful Headteacher of three primary schools, all in challenging circumstances, including taking a school from an Ofsted category to being judged as good in less than three years. Prior to working in Hertfordshire her consultancy work included developing schools’ use and understanding of assessment data and being an assessor for the Inclusion Quality Mark.
As Education Services Director for primary schools, Tracy leads the extensive team of District School Effectiveness Advisers, the Hertfordshire Improvement Partners (HIP), the Teaching and Learning Advisers for English and mathematics, the Assessment team and the Adviser for Primary NQT's.
Tracy leads training in and out of county, is a qualified coach and one of the Hertfordshire Improvement Partners.