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Our Members and Trustees

Timothy Bailey

Trustee, Member of FARE Committee

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 FARE 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

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.

Jan Paine


Jan has worked in education for over 40 years, in the public sector starting as a secondary school teacher and becoming an Executive Headteacher and then Deputy Director of Children’s Services in Oxfordshire. She has also worked in the private sector as Design and Development Director for Kidsplay S.A., a company building learning through play centres; as Director of Improvement Services for Tribal PLC and as Managing Director of HfL Ltd, a not for profit school improvement company.  Jan’s blend of deep experience across all school phases and of senior leadership roles in a business setting have given her a wide range of transferable skills which she has found invaluable in her role as Trustee.  Jan is now retired from full time work and spends much of her time sailing with her husband, but has enjoyed chairing the Board since its planning stages in 2016 until the summer of 2019.

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

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.

Julia Shepard

Trustee, Member of HR and SC Committees

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

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 2019/20, Patrick McAteer was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees with Timothy Bailey as vice-chair. Committee chairs will be elected at the first meetings of the academic year.

Details of business and pecuniary interests for Trustees, Members and the Executive (including appointment and term of office information) and Trustee attendance records can be found at this link

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