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Timothy Bailey


Tim has had a career in the oil and gas industry for forty years, primarily in the drilling and wells engineering disciplines for a major oil company. He finished his career as Director for Wells Learning, giving him the experience and insight into the world of learning. He has been a chair of governors for two schools in Hertfordshire and a member of an Interim Executive Board for another school. Tim is now retired but continues with his passion for supporting the education of children as a Trustee for the Trust.

Sal Jarvis


Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire, strategic leadership (education, policy, learning, teaching and quality assurance), teacher training, wider children’s work force, school governance

Graham Lane

Trustee (Board Vice Chair and Chair of FAR Committee)

Graham is the Managing Director of Cheeky Munkey, an IT services company based in Hertfordshire. Graham was Vice Chair of Oaklands College and Board Member of Hertfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership as well as holding several other positions with not for profit organisations. Graham is now Co Chair at Redbourn Primary school, a board Director with Herts for Learning, a board Director for Wenta, a not for profit business organisation, and Chair of Training Together, a joint venture between West Herts College and Oaklands College.

Peter Martin


Peter was a senior executive with a major UK bank, including roles in South Africa and Germany. Regional Director of Business Banking for London and the South-East, Director of Cash Management, Chairman and Managing Director of Merchant Acquiring, ATM Director, Chairman and Managing Director of Goldfish and Director of Credit Cards for the entire Banking Group. He was a Director of Link, Business Link London and the London Enterprise Agency, and was also Vice-Chairman of the Switch debit card scheme, a Director of MasterCard UK and MasterCard Europe.

Patrick McAteer

Trustee (Vice Chair, Chair of HR and Standards and Curriculum Committees)

Patrick has had a career in education spanning nearly forty years in both the secondary and primary phase as teacher, headteacher and adviser. As a result, he has gained a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of the world of education. The start of the second half of his career saw him enter the advisory service, supporting schools to improve, rising to overall primary team leader. Education, and trying to ensure that every child reaches their full potential, has been a constant and a passion for Patrick throughout his career. Having now retired from full-time work Patrick feels he has the time (and now the energy!) to support the Herts for Learning Multi Academy Trust to the best of his ability.

Bonnie O’Dell


Bonnie is a Senior Treasury Manager at Hilton Corporate Offices in Hertfordshire. She is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Bonnie started her career as a civil servant before qualifying as an accountant and working for several blue chip organisations. She has over twenty years’ experience in finance and treasury roles, including financial control, statutory reporting, financial site management, cash management and risk assessment. She is the Resources Committee Chair and Finance Lead as a Parent Governor at a primary school in Hertfordshire. She is excited to be a Trustee, being fully on-board with the vision, aim and objectives of the Herts For Learning Multi Academy Trust and the potential synergy the Trust has to offer, inclusively, and to prospective schools.

Jan Paine

Trustee (Chair of Board of Trustees)

Education commercial director and not for profit  MD and director, new company establishment, senior roles in a large local authority, cross phase school improvement, school executive headship with multi site operations

Susanna Selman


Susanna has extensive experience of telecommunications and commercial organisations. She started her career as a civil servant and has an enterprise risk management and quality assurance background. Her telecommunications role has included establishing the management of a global HR system and implementing governance, risk and assurance controls across multi-national companies.

Niraj Shah


Niraj is a qualified Actuary, with 24 years experience in insurance and financial services, operating both at executive and non-executive director level.

Julia Shepard


Successful secondary headship, secondary/special school improvement, leadership, strategic development and partnerships, education finance and governance, PFI school build

Carol Shutkever


Carol is a solicitor and was a corporate partner in a London law firm for 20 years. She headed the firm’s corporate governance advisory team, covering topics such as board structures and behaviours, accounting and audit, risk management, culture, diversity and stakeholder engagement. She was also head of the firm’s UK corporate knowledge management team, responsible for analysing new law and regulation, the firm’s knowledge resources and its corporate training programme. Having retired as a partner she now does some part-time corporate governance consultancy work and is a trustee of a homeless charity in Hertfordshire.

Andrew Simmons, OBE

Member, Trustee

Education, skills, children’s support services, preparation for adulthood, national and local policy development, management of multi million pound budgets, working with politicians (local and national), board chair (National Connexions Network)

Alex Thomas

Trustee, Chief Executive Officer

Before Alex joined the HfL MAT in September 2017, he was Principal of Capital City Academy in Brent, one of the original City Academies. Alex has also been the Headteacher of St. Augustine’s CE High School in South Kilburn. Originally trained as a teacher of economics, he worked at a number of central London schools including St. Marylebone CE School, where he was Senior Teacher, and Westminster City School, where he was Deputy Head.

A Wellbeloved

Member - Herts for Learning Ltd Representative

Secondary headship, member of a diocesan multi academy trust and diocesan board of education, charity trustee experience

For the academic year 2018/19, Jan Paine was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees with Graham Lane and Patrick McAteer elected as vice-chairs. Patrick McAteer was elected as Chair of the Human Resources and Standards and Curriculum Committees. Timothy Bailey acted as Chair of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Estates Committee for the autumn term 2018.

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