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Our Members and Trustees

Paul Hill


Paul is a qualified accountant (FCA) who has broad experience in finance with several companies in the commercial sector, before specialising in academies finance since 2008. His most recent role was as Chief Finance Officer for the Learning in Harmony Trust, from which he retired in June 2020. He also has experience of being a Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors in schools in his home borough, and experience as a director of an education support services organisation. He is very keen to maintain his involvement in supporting excellent education for children as a Member of the Trust.

Sal Jarvis


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

Graham Lane


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  Chair of Governors 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

Trustee, Member of FARE Committee

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 (Chair of Board of Trustees), Member of HR and SC 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 Agora Learning Partnership to the best of his ability.

Bonnie O’Dell

Trustee, Member of HR and SC Committees

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.

Niraj Shah

Trustee, Member of FARE Committee

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

Carol Shutkever

Trustee, Member of HR and SC Committees

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, Member of HR and SC Committees

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)

Matthew Taylor

Trustee, Member of FARE Committee

Matthew is a solicitor and Partner in a law firm in the City of London specialising in infrastructure and construction dispute resolution. He also regularly provides live project advice to help manage risk and avoid disputes during the procurement and delivery of major infrastructure and construction projects.

For the academic year 2020/21, Patrick McAteer was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees with Peter Martin elected as vice-chair. The elections for Chair of the HR/Standards and Curriculum Committees and  Chair of the the Finance, Audit, Risk and Estates Committee will take place in November 2020.

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