Martin Glick, Chair of Trust
Issy Maxwell, Trustee
Angela Daniel, Trustee
Robyn Haythorpe, Trustee, Herts County Council
Phillip Barton, COG Ascot Road CFS
Tim Ffrench-Lynch, COG Jupiter CFS
Danish Affarka, COG Lanchester CFS
Dr Barbara Henry, Member, University of Herts
Graham Cunningham, Member, Head, Longdean School
Jo Kavakeb, Member, Squirrels Day Nurseries
Kate Ma, Member, Herts County Council
John Harris, Member
Amandip Sidhu, Member

Trustee Biographies




Graham Cunningham

Graham has been the Head teacher of Longdean School, in Hemel Hempstead for 6 years and was the Deputy Head teacher before that. Prior to that he worked at The Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead and Walford High School in London. His particular areas of interest are teaching and learning, leadership and management and pastoral care. Away from education he is a keen reader and has an interest in military history.


Jo Kavakeb

Jo Kavakeb is an Early Years Professional. She is the owner of Squirrels Nurseries which she established almost 30 years ago. Her business consists of six nurseries, three of which are providers for the Trust schools in Watford and Hemel Hempstead. Her nurseries aim to provide parents with a high quality, affordable and flexible service.


Kate Ma


Kate works as a Senior School Planning Officer for Hertfordshire County Council. The School Planning Team is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient school places across the County. They do this by forecasting pupil numbers and negotiating with school providers to try to match the level of school capacity in an area with projected demand. In recent years this has involved bringing forward statutory proposals to expand schools as well as supporting the establishment of new schools. Through her role, she has a breadth & depth of experience working with schools at a local level and planning school provision at a strategic level. She is also embarking on part-time study with the University of Hertfordshire; and is due to complete an Executive MBA in Spring 2018.


Amandip Sidhu

Amandip is a pharmacist and has a varied background in the healthcare sector. Understanding of safeguarding, strategic design and execution coupled with a passion for learning allows him to offer these varied skillsets to benefit the Trust board. A single focussed objective of positive educational outcomes for children is the main driver for his activities and involvement with the trust. In line with his religious and cultural background the ethos of "selfless service to others" is paramount to his role as a board member but also a member of the local community. Amandip has a child at Lanchester CFS.


John Harris

John Harris has a distinguished career in Children’s Services and Education, both in local government and the private sector. John was Director of Education in Westminster and went on to serve as Hertfordshire’s Director of Children’s Services until he retired from that role in 2011. He was inaugural chair of the ADCS Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee and chair of the Local Authorities Research Consortium. He now works as a management consultant and currently has a lead role at national level with the Children’s Improvement Board in driving forward sector-led improvement in Children’s Services. John has a particular interest in the role that evidence and research play in supporting service improvement and better outcomes for children. He is Vice-Chair of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). He is contributing to national thinking about the future role of schools working in formal partnerships and collaboratives to drive school improvement and is a founder director of the West Herts Schools Trust and a former Chair of the Board of Trustees.


Barbara Henry





Martin Glick

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant, Martin helps keep an eye on Trust finances and compliance. He is particularly interested in the Free School movement and the opportunity that it brings for innovation. Martin currently serves as Interim Chair of the Trust and contributes to governor meetings at Jupiter CFS as their link trustee.


Angela Daniel

Angela is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 18 years’ experience within the industry. She has acquired her experience within the Accounting & Audit Practice, Consulting and Banking. Currently she works as the Head of Finance for an International Asset Management Firm. She enjoys mentoring young people and has a passion to see young people maximise their potential. She acts as the link trustee for Ascot Road CFS.


Issy Maxwell

Issy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development with 30 years experience acquired in dynamic and diverse companies characterised by change and growth. Born and schooled in Watford, Issy qualified from university in Business Studies & Finance with an HR Specialism, before gaining 2 Masters Degrees in Human Resource Management (HRM) & Employment Strategy; and HRM & Employment Legislation. Issy has many broad, transferable and professional skills to bring to the Trust and relevant experience in Business Transformation, Change Management, Strategic Development and Organisational Design. She is passionate about education, training and development, and enjoys mentoring and supporting people maximise their potential.


Danish Affarka

Danish is Chair of Governors at Lanchester Community Free School. He has a background in finance and has worked in that sector for over 15 years specialising in Risk Management and business development. He is a volunteer for Ability.Net – an IT charity that provide support to disabled and elderly people in their homes. Danish also provides mentoring and career guidance to students at City University London.


Phillip Barton

Phillip is Chair of Governors at Ascot Road Community Free School and has 2 children that both attend the school. Following 9 years of military service in the Royal Air Force his career took him into Aircraft Engineering, Education and Training, Counselling and Rehabilitation of Offenders and most recently HR/Occupational Psychology. He currently works in two part-time roles, at a National Charity working with the rehabilitation of offenders related to Alcohol and Drug abuse and as an Assessor for the Metropolitan Police Service relating to suitability criteria of potential and serving Police officers. He is also currently undertaking an MA in Social Work at Middlesex University.


Tim Ffrench-Lynch

Tim has been involved with West Herts Schools Trust since 2013 when plans started for building a new school in Hemel Hempstead, where he's both a neighbour to the school and the parent of a pupil. He has worked in IT Management and now as a Systems & Modelling Engineer for a large aerospace company in Luton, which involves analysing a system, modelling it and understanding what works and what doesn't. As an engineer, he takes a particular interest in the STEAM parts of the curriculum. Tim's particular interests at the Trust level are long term stability, and the sharing of resources and ideas between the schools.


Robyn Haythorpe