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David Wilson - Chair of Directors
David is a solicitor and works at Goldman Sachs in London as Managing Director, responsible for the firm wide legal department in EMEA as well as litigation and regulatory proceedings in EMEA and Asia. He is also a trustee of their UK Retirement Fund. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, David was a partner in the law firm Simmons & Simmons, working in London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi and specialising in civil and criminal litigation. David is admitted as a solicitor in England and in Hong Kong, earned his LLB from the University of Southampton in 1984 and College of Law Finals in 1985. He is a Freeman of the City of London and he and his wife, Claire, have two sons.
Susan Clarke - Vice-chair
Sue is currently Company Secretary and Business Manager of Flora Locale, a registered UK Charity. Sue has extensive experience of local government, being the Assistant Director Environment & Development at West Sussex County Council (1990-2003) and a Senior Manager at London Borough of Merton (1983-1990). Sue’s particular expertise is in democratic services, governance, planning, and economic development. Sue has widespread experience of governance in education – she was a primary governor for 7 years, and a Governor at St John’s 2010-2014.
Dr Patrick Hazlewood - Chief Executive Officer
Patrick has 23 years of 11-18 Headship experience at two
different schools – the latest inspection at St John’s was
a judgement of Outstanding in all areas. He has a PhD in
Educational Leadership; is an accredited practising Ofsted
Inspector; Chair of Wiltshire LA School Intervention Panel 1999-
2003; member of the RSA Curriculum Development Committee
2000-2012, and a Visiting Fellow at University of Bristol,
specialising in Strategic Leadership. Plus personally Patrick has
been judged as an outstanding classroom practitioner during
Ofsted (4 inspections Science/Chemistry/Physics) and has been
part of an Ofsted team on many inspections.
Emma Butler - Chair of Burbage
Emma is self-employed PR Consultant specialising in the charity sector, including crisis management, celebrity and fundraising events. Emma managed the Press Office for the international charity, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (2004 - 2010) and was part of the Communications and Fundraising team at the National Osteoporosis Society (2001 - 2004). She is member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Emma has been a governor since 2006, becoming Chair in 2012.
Jane Butler - Co-opted Member
After graduating from Cambridge, Jane was originally a Systems Engineer with IBM. Since 2000, she has worked in the voluntary sector as a funding and governance advisor and currently is Grants Manager at Wiltshire Community Foundation. Jane has extensive experience of primary and secondary school governance – she was Governor at Kennet Valley Primary School for 10 years, including Chair for six years. Since 2006 she has been a governor at St John’s, and Chair of Governors and a Director of Excalibur Academies Trust since 2013. Jane's 3 children attended St John's.
Warwick Dufour - Co-opted Founding Member
As well as being a local Governor for 6 years and Excalibur Director since its inception, Warwick has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years in a highly technical capacity providing solutions and consultancy in the areas of Medical Imaging, 3D Simulators, Aviation, Telecommunications, Oil Exploration and Defence. Warwick runs his own limited company, and has provided services to Toshiba (Japan), Hutchison 3G, Vodafone UK, EDS Ltd, Avitech AG and the UK Ministry of Defence.
Dr Kieran Kelly - Co-opted Member
Kieran is a Parent Governor of Fairfield High School and is Chair of the Local Board of Governors. He has been a member of the academic staff of the University of the West of England since 1995 and has a PhD in Business and Economic History. He has taught and researched across a number of areas of business and economics including Media and Computing industries. In addition to supporting learning and teaching (to include those colleagues in leadership roles), Kieran is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Kieran is Chair of the Advisory Board for Facts4Life - an innovative health education project based in Gloucestershire.
Jeanette Longhurst - LGB Chair
Jeanette Longhurst has been Chair of Governors at Oare Primary School for four years, having been a Parent Governor before this time. During her time as a Governor, the school has seen a number of positive events including a good Ofsted inspection; a new extension to the school; its own minibus transport, and becoming an academy within Excalibur. Jeanette is an experienced health and social care professional and a qualified social worker. She has over 30 years’ experience in social care and has commissioned and delivered services at all levels and to all client groups. She now works as an independent consultant.
Now retired Colin worked for Nationwide Building Society. Starting his career in the
branch network he progressed to Regional Manager prior to moving to head office.
He then moved to Head of Mortgage Centres and finished as Head of Electronic
Mortgages. He was a member of the Institute of Management and Chartered
Institute of Bankers, serving a term as President of the Dorset branch. He is
Chair of Governors at Ogbourne C of E Primary School and helped manage
the key move to academy status. Colin has been a governor for 7 years.
Alan has lived and worked in Bristol for nearly 30 years. As a Chartered Engineer and Project Professional he held a variety of technical and managerial roles in British Aerospace and then BAE Systems in the fields of technology, R&D and IT. He now works as a freelance consultant helping engineering and technology companies address their product development, project delivery and business improvement challenges. Alan has extensive experience in overseeing governance and compliance of complex project portfolios, and has been a member of advisory panels and steering groups for government agencies, universities and EU-sponsored research programmes; Alan has been a Governor at Fairfield High School since 2012.
Ann Parry - Chair of Finance, Premises & ICT Committee
Ann worked as the School Business Manager from 1993 to 2010 in large Secondary Schools in Swindon. As SBM, Ann was instrumental in securing £21m for a new school and managing the build project. Ann was a Trustee of the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) from its inception as the Grant Maintained Bursars Association in 1994, and as Chairman from 2006 to 2010. She continues as a lifetime member, is an assessor for Fellowship Awards and sits on the National Judging Panel for the annual School Support Staff. Ann has been a Governor at Easton Royal since 2009, and Chair since 2012.
Rev Andrew Studdert Kennedy
After serving in Parishes in South London, Andrew Studdert-Kennedy has been Rector of Marlborough for 11 years. Andrew is Rural Dean of Marlborough Deanery, non-resident Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and an ex-officio Governor of the local Junior School. Andrew is passionate about encouraging schools to explore both the way that faith helps give perspective in life and to engage with the spiritual element in all human experience. After graduating from Oxford and prior to ordination 25 years ago, Andrew worked for an independent magazine (1980-81), a firm of Stock Brokers in the City (1981-83) and as a Research Assistant to two MPs (1983-85).
Nick Watkins - Foundation
Nick is currently MD of Q4 Management Ltd, a business mentoring and business improvement consultancy. He is an experienced senior executive – recent roles have included Chief Executive of Swindon Town FC (2008-2013); Non-Executive Director then CEO of GamingKing Plc (2003-2007); and Chief Executive of Panasonic Disc Services International (2001 – 2002). Previously Nick spent six years in Executive Search with Tyzack & Partners / Whitney Tyzack. Nick is currently Vice President of Rosslyn Park FC, and previously has been a Director of London Wasps and a Non-Executive Director of The Health Lottery.