Governance

 

 

To contact the Chair of Trustees, please email members@whcfst.org.uk

Trustee Biographies

 

MEMBERS

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

Barbara is the Associate Dean of School (Academic Quality Assurance and Research) in Hertfordshire Law School.  She completed her PhD on the history of patent law in Britain during the nineteenth century at Queen’s University Belfast.  Her academic background encompasses degrees in History and Law and this is reflected in her research interests in the fields of intellectual property law, space law, public law, equity and legal history.  She has taught on both the Law and Criminology degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and is currently teaching on the history of crime.  Her work in academic quality has given her experience of working with a variety of educational partners both within the UK and internationally.

 

DIRECTORS

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sally Halls

Sally had had a long career in Children’s Services, working across statutory, voluntary and community sectors in England and Wales.  Over the last fifteen years she has worked as a management consultant for the UK Government, Local Authorities and voluntary organisations on projects concerned with safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. She has also audited safeguarding arrangements in a wide range of contexts, including schools, MATs and faith settings. Until recently, Sally was Independent Chair of three Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), holding statutory, private and voluntary agencies to account for the effectiveness of their arrangements to safeguard children. Sally has a particular interest in how strong and effective governance arrangements can keep children safe and enable them to thrive.

 

Gillian Cawley

Driven by a passionate belief in the power of education to change lives, Gillian has held had a wide range of senior roles in education including Director of Education, Quality and Standards for Kent County Council and Assistant Director of Education for Hertfordshire County Council - remits which included, Early Years and Childcare, School Improvement, Skills and Employability, Safeguarding in Education and Adult Education.

 

As an independent consultant, she has supported and empowered schools, local authorities and charitable organisations in the successful creation and governance of a range of partnership led companies and trusts including the Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership (BDSIP) and Hounslow Education Partnership (HEP). Gillian is also independent chair of Essex’s Partnership Led Improvement Strategy Board bringing together Headteachers, Governors, local authority and dioceses to shape the direction of school partnerships across the county.

 

Robyn Haythorpe