Will Finn - Chair
A modern history graduate from the University of York. In 1989, he began working with The McVitie biscuit company, and in 1991 left to join Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of baby products, cosmetics and OTC medicines, in their marketing department.
He stayed with Johnson & Johnson for the next 25 years, becoming Marketing Director of their French cosmetics company in 1996, Marketing Director of the UK division in 1999 and International Marketing Director (Beauty Care), in 2003.
In 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of a newly acquired Johnson & Johnson company in France, and in 2009 he became Regional Managing Director for the African region, based in Cape Town. In 2012 he returned to Paris as President of all J&J consumer companies in France and a member of the Europe, Africa and Middle East management board, as well as the Global Beauty Care leadership team.
In 2015, frustrated by limitations of life within a large multinational company, he retired. He and his wife Victoria and their son Stanley, chose to settle in Hereford. Will is an occasional consultant, a trustee of Herefordshire Headway and has worked with the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust since May 2019.
Andrew Smith - Vice Chair
Former Headteacher at Mary Webb Secondary School. Chair of Shrewsbury Partnership for Education and Training, Secondary schools, post 16 colleges and training providers. Promoting cooperation and collaboration across the Shrewsbury area.
Canon Andrew Teale – DDE, CEO
Andrew has worked in education for 25 years. He has taught in primary schools in inner-city Nottingham and across Herefordshire, becoming the Headteacher of a small rural school, Pembridge Church of England Primary School in 2003. After 6 successful years as Headteacher at Pembridge, Andrew moved to become the Headteacher of a larger urban school, St Paul's Church of England Primary School, in Hereford.
Andrew became a SIAMs inspector in 2011 and has conducted church school inspections in the Hereford and Worcester Dioceses.
Andrew has been a governor of a federation of a secondary and two primaries and an all through independent school in Hereford.
In 2014 St Paul's achieved an outstanding inspection from Ofsted and became a National Support School and Andrew became a National Leader of Education in 2015.
Andrew was the Executive Headteacher for St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary School from 2012 until 2014, helping the school move from 'Special Measures' to a 'Good' overall judgement in 11 months.
In May 2018, Andrew was installed as a Lay Canon at Hereford Cathedral in recognition of his service to education in Hereford.
In 2019, St Paul's was awarded an overall judgement of 'excellent' under the new SIAMS inspection framework.
Since September 2018, Andrew has been the Director of Education for the Hereford Diocese. He remained as Executive Headteacher at St Paul's until Easter 2019.
In January 2019 he became Chief Executive Officer for the Diocesan Trust, overseeing a transformation to its new identity, culture and ethos, as the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust.
Rob is the Bursar of Hereford Cathedral School, a co-educational School for 3 -18 in the centre of Hereford. He has been in post for 5 years having moved to the city to take up the job. Previously he was Bursar at Edgeborough, a preparatory School in Farnham, Surrey.
Rob’s first career was in the British Army, serving as an officer in the Royal Artillery for 22 years. Rob’s roles were predominately in leadership positions, having the honour and privilege of leading soldiers in a wide range of situations, including on operations. Rob also worked in Human Resources and procurement, following his interest in science and technology. During his time in the Army Rob was fortunate enough to act as a Governor to three different primary schools in Germany, South Gloucestershire and West Sussex. This breadth of experience has all been put to good use in his second career in the education sector. Rob is also a Trustee to the Little Princess Trust.
Rob grew up in Taunton, Somerset, before studying for a degree in Geographical Science at Portsmouth Polytechnic. A rigorous stint at Sandhurst was followed by many happy years in the Army, during which time he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course, and gained an MA in Defence Studies. Rob is married to a teacher, and has three children. His interests include sailing and skiing.
Margaret is a chartered Engineer and works as a Technical Specialist in Circular Economy for a manufacturing consultancy. After graduating in engineering from University of Birmingham, she worked for over a decade for Ford Motor company, working on manufacturing projects across their European plants. She moved into Environmental Engineering and completed a MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Bath in 2016. She currently works on sustainability projects, mainly focused on electrification and the automotive industry.
Margaret has served as a local governor at Condover and St Edward’s primary schools for over 7 years, including 4 years as Chair of the Local Academy Board.
Katy Skerrett graduated from Oxford, and was later called to the Bar in 1999. She was a tenant at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square and a scholar of Middle Temple. She practised in all areas of law, specialising in public, housing and local authority law. She was appointed a Judge in 2006, presiding over family and civil law cases in the Midlands and South Western region. She was later appointed as an Assistant Coroner in Berkshire, and later Gloucester. In 2014 she was appointed as full time Coroner for Gloucestershire, which now takes up most of her time. She is a mum of three children, and lives with her husband in Herefordshire with two very lively spaniels, having returned to her home county when her children began to run too fast to keep up with them in Battersea park.