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.

    Tracy Warner

    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.

    Tracy supports schools in all categories of school effectiveness but has a particular specialism with those in categories or those requiring improvement. She balances challenge with support, often using a coaching style. Tracy works with senior and middle leaders and governors to develop capacity and bring about rapid improvement.  Other particular areas of expertise include small schools, supporting governors to carry out headteacher recruitment, headteacher appraisal, supporting in the writing of SEFs and school improvement plans and working with senior leaders to develop provision across the school to improve outcomes for all pupils.

    In addition, Tracy oversees the comprehensive induction programme for new primary headteachers across the county, including working with the valued team of mentors known as Hertfordshire Professional Partners.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 07768 744931

    Liz Shapland

    Liz is the Deputy Education Services Director (Secondary) with over twenty years’ experience of teaching and supporting English and literacy in schools. Her work with schools comprises a mixture of support and challenge and she is used to leading a team of professionals by setting high standards.

    She is passionate about improving and enhancing students’ enjoyment and experience of English, drama and media and has a proven track record of leadership as a head of English, literacy co-ordinator, induction training co-ordinator and associate member of SLT.

    Liz specialises in supporting English teachers across key stages 3, 4 and 5 working with NQTs, through to heads of English and senior leaders to ensure that students across Hertfordshire maximise their potential. She can offer bespoke training, support and guidance on all aspects of English and literacy from curriculum development to leadership support and guidance.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 01438 844855

    Mireille MacRaild

    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.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 07990 774310

    Carole Bennett

    As Business Services Director, Carole has strategic responsibility for our business services to schools - ICT, HR, Governance, Finance, School Business Management, Recruitment and MAT services.

    Carole brings a wealth of experience and expertise across education, business services, marketing and business development and in building excellent relationships with schools and settings. Carole has previously been responsible for new business development as well as leading our ICT Teams providing schools with all of their ICT support, including curriculum guidance, eSafety, MIS, technical, connectivity and web development.

    After teaching and leading ICT in schools around London, Carole worked for Anglia University supporting schools across five counties with the development of their own ICT provision before joining Hertfordshire as an ICT adviser.  She has continued to place children, learners and staff at the centre of the services Herts for Learning provides. Constantly striving for improvement, Carole completed an MEd at Cambridge University, focussing on the critical factors in appropriately engaging staff with purposeful, productive technologies for learning and teaching.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 01438 843353

    Andrew Griffiths

    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.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 01438 844831

    Alison Penny

    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.

    Contact details

    Telephone: 07580 743243