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The Hart Learning Group also includes:


  • North Hertfordshire College, an occupationally focused Further Education college with campuses in Stevenage and Hitchin
  • Hart Schools Trust, a multi-academy trust that includes the Thomas Alleyne Academy and Roebuck Primary school in Stevenage.
  • The STEM Discovery Centre, a unique education facility to inspire young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.


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Hart governors

Andrew Simmons

Role: Chair
Committee: Corporation, Finance, Search
Appointed: 4 February 2019
Term Ends: 3 February 2021


Until retirement at the end of 2016, Andrew was Deputy Director, Services for Children & Young People, within Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council. He led the county’s 14–19 Strategic Learning Partnership and was responsible for commissioning its 16–19 learning provision.


Before taking up a role at the county council in April 2008, Andrew was Chief Executive of Connexions Hertfordshire and had worked for 26 years in various strategic and management roles with DCSF (DfE) and its predecessor government departments. Andrew was awarded an OBE for services to young people in the 2007 New Year Honours List.

Lynne Ceeney

Role: Vice-chair
Committee: Corporation, Quality & Innovation, Search
Appointed: 1 June 2015
Term Ends: 31 May 2019


Lynne holds a BSc in Environmental Science and Geography. Until earlier this year, she was Technical Director of BSRIA, a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation in the construction and building services providing specialist support services for design, construction, facilities management, product testing and market intelligence.


She previously held an international role with Parsons Brinckerhoff (a global professional services company). She is a member of the professional association in environmental management systems. Lynne’s particular expertise lie in sustainability, resilience and future planning in the built environment. Her passion for equipping the next generation with skills and knowledge for the challenges of the future motivated her to volunteer for the Governing Body at NHC.

Kit Davies

Role: Chief Executive and Principal of North Hertfordshire College
Committee: Corporation, Quality & Innovation
Appointed: 20 November 2017
Term ends: ex officio


Kit Davies was appointed CEO of Hart Learning Group in April 2018, having undertaken the role on an acting basis from December 2017. He joined the Group in August 2015 as Deputy Principal of NHC and was promoted to Principal in September 2017.


Kit began his FE career in 2001, having previously lived and worked in Spain, Mexico and Japan teaching and training English language teachers. Kit is a fully qualified teacher, teacher-trainer and language specialist with a broad set of classroom practitioner and management skills gained from over 20 years’ experience in a range of educational settings.


His academic background is in the field of linguistics, having completed a degree in Spanish at Portsmouth University and then a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at King’s College London. He has one published book to his name, a secondary school book on Spanish language and culture called ‘Spain Live’.

Vernon Mcclure

Role: Chair of the Quality & Innovation Committee
Committee: Corporation, Audit, Quality & Innovation, Search
Appointed: 4 December 2014
Term Ends: 3 December 2018


Vernon spent his career in university management at the University of London and retired as Academic Registrar of Imperial College in 2008.


Vernon was also chair of governors of St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City until December 2013, and he held posts on the Board of Trustees of Queen Mary University of London Students’ Union and the University of London Convocation Trust until July 2017. He is an education consultant to Mills & Reeve, a national firm of solicitors, and a director of Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club.

Peter Johnston

Role: Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Committee: Corporation, Remuneration, Search
Appointed: 1 March 2016
Term ends: 29 February 2020


Peter has a strong background in HR (including outsourcing) and HR consultancy lasting more than four decades in a career embracing marketing, manufacturing IT and consulting.


Peter has also held non-executive roles on several Universities (including Cambridge and Warwick) and on the Higher Education Funding Council and currently advises several charities on HR best practice. He is Vice Chair of his local Parish Council.

Liz Calver

Role: Staff Governor
Committee: Corporation, Quality & Innovation Committee
Appointed: 4 September 2018
Term ends: 3 September 2022


Liz Calver has worked for North Herts College since July 2014 and, as a lecturer and Head of Curriculum, has expertise and a strong track record in mentoring, coaching and supporting other staff.


As a Head of Curriculum, she works closely with staff teams and managers across the college and is pro-active in helping develop and implement the policies and strategies of the Hart Learning Group.

Danni Malyon

Role: Governor
Committee: Corporation, Audit
Appointed: 12 September 2018
Term ends: 11 September 2022


Daniel is an accomplished senior executive with 15 years’ experience operating at board level in the commercial sector. With a professional background in facilities management, he is currently responsible for all premises across the Sainsbury’s estate.


As well as strong analytical skills, having established a training operation developing engineering skills relevant to this sector, he brings a passion for supporting lifelong learning to the Board.

Liz Mitchell

Role: Chair of Audit Committee
Committee: Corporate, Audit, Remuneration
Appointed: 1 March 2016
Term ends: 29 February 2020


Liz is a scientist and has spent her career in developing new medicines within the pharmaceutical industry and currently works at GSK. She has spent time in both research and development and has lead international drug development teams, working alongside national regulatory agencies and experts in medical practice. Liz has expertise and a keen interest in both organisational and personal development change leading to continuous improvement. Working with teams and individuals to be the best they can be motivated her to become involved with the North Hearts College.

Rhys Thomas

Role: Observer
Committee: Corporation
Appointed: 4 December 2018
Term Ends: n/a

David Stern

Role: Governor
Committee: Corporation, Audit
Appointed: 4 December 2018
Term ends: 3 December 2022


A qualified accountant, with particular focus on forensic accountancy, David is an accomplished senior executive with 20 years’ experience operating at board level in a variety of roles within several complex organisations. Having excellent communication, influencing and change management skills, he has a track record of leading businesses through critical transformational change programmes.


He has experience in acting as an expert witness, presenting complex issues and evidence in a way that makes them easy to understand, and has undertaken risk assessment of business strategies for major clients.