Appointment of Chair-elect to the HfL Board

    Published: 30 March 2022

    We are pleased to announce that Professor Paul Layzell will be joining the Herts for Learning (HfL) Board, as a co-opted Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chair-elect, as from 1 April 2022.

    Professor Paul Layzell Paul has a passion for and a deep understanding of the education sector. For the past 12 years, he has been Principal and Chief Executive at Royal Holloway, University of London and has served in other senior roles at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and UMIST. With expertise in information technology, Paul developed early video-based and computer-based training techniques and products and worked on experiments in distributed group-based working using technology.

    Paul is an experienced Chair and Board member, having chaired the Boards of London Higher, representing London’s higher education institutions, and AQA, the UK’s largest exam board for GCSE and A-level qualifications. Paul will retire from his full-time role this summer and is very much looking forward to joining HfL to continue to contribute to the wider education sector.

    Gavin Flynn, co-opted NED, and Chair of the HfL Board, stepped down from the Board on 29 March 2022. To ensure Board continuity and a smooth transition for Paul, Catherine Glickman, co-opted NED, and Chair of the HfL Personnel & Remuneration sub-Committee, will take on the role of interim-Chair of the HfL Board between April and September 2022. Following a six-month induction period, Paul will take over as Chair of the HfL Board on 1 October 2022.

    HfL’s Managing Director, Andrew de Csilléry said, “We are delighted that Paul will be joining the HfL Board as the Chair-elect. As an experienced educationalist and Chair, with wide experience across the sector in both public and commercial roles, his leadership and insight will be invaluable in guiding the HfL Board, as we continue to weather the COVID pandemic, implement our Strategic Plan and continue in our vision to help those with whom we work to deliver a great education.”

    “The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank Gavin Flynn, for his support and service to HfL as he steps down as Chair of the HfL Board, having served 3½ years as a co-opted Non-Executive Director.”

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