Andreas Raffel and Steve Watmough appointed to ISI Board 

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Andreas Raffel and Steve Watmough appointed to ISI Board 

ISI is delighted to announce that it has appointed two new Directors, who will join the Board of the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2022.

Andreas Raffel and Steve Watmough have each been appointed for a three-year term, effective 1 May 2022, following an open recruitment process led by Perrett Laver.

Andreas is a senior leader and non-executive with 30 years of board level experience across multiple and international sectors. Andreas has held significant global leadership positions at Rothschild and Morgan Stanley. As a non-executive director, committee chair and senior advisor, Andreas has extensive experience in corporate governance. He is also an investor in early stage ventures in the UK and overseas.

Steve has had a 30-year career in the IT and management consulting industries, including 11 years as founder and CEO of Xantus, a specialist IT consultancy which was sold to KPMG in October 2011. He is currently the CEO of Mason Advisory Limited, a digital & technology advisory firm. Steve has wide ranging non-executive and trustee experience. This includes as a trustee for the Child Poverty Action Group UK, non-executive director of Triathlon England and as a member of the Cabinet Office’s SME Advisory Panel.

Andreas and Steve replace Jamie Drummond Smith and Freya Guinness, who are stepping down from the Board having completed a number of years of service. Both Jamie and Freya have contributed greatly to the development of ISI and the whole organisation is extremely grateful for the energy, thoughtfulness and commitment they have brought to their roles. Freya leaves the board in May 2022 and Jamie will step down in June 2022. Jamie has served as Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee for the past five years and is remaining in post to allow for a smooth transition to a new Committee Chair. 

ISI is very much looking forward to working with Andreas and Steve. The organisation is consulting widely on its new framework proposals during 2022. The new framework will be implemented in 2023 and will continue to deliver high-quality, robust and independent school inspections, focussed on keeping children safe and well-educated.