Trust Board

Toby Watson - Community director - Chair

Toby was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs International for 17 years where he was a partner until 2017. At Goldman Sachs he focused on structured finance globally and worked in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices at various times. Prior to that Toby worked at Deutsche Bank in New York and London. He read Physics at Oxford University.

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Susan Clarke - Co-opted director - 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 as a primary school governor for seven years, and a governor at St John’s Marlborough 2010-2014. Sue chairs Excalibur Academies Trust's Staffing committee.

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. Patrick has been judged as an outstanding classroom practitioner during Ofsted (four inspections science, chemistry, physics) and has been part of an Ofsted team on many inspections.

Emma Butler - Community director

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. A governor of Burbage Primary School since 2006 and Chair since 2012 Emma also sits on the Excalibur Academies Trust Staffing and Education Scrutiny committees.

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Jane Butler - Foundation director

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 having been a 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 Marlborough and Chair of Governors and a Director of Excalibur Academies Trust since 2013, she is a member of the Education Scrutiny committee. Jane's three children attended St John's Marlborough.

Kieran Kelly

Dr Kieran Kelly - Co-opted director

Kieran is a Parent Governor of Fairfield High School and is Chair of the Local Governing Body. 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 and Chair of the Advisory Board for Facts4Life - an innovative health education project based in Gloucestershire.

Jeanette Longhurst

Jeanette Longhurst - Community director

Jeanette has been Chair of Governors at Oare CofE 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 Academies Trust. 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. Jeanette is Excalibur Academies Trust's nominated director for Safeguarding and Chair of the Education Scrutiny committee.

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Alan Gould - Community director

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 and chairs Excalibur Academies Trust's Audit committee.

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Ann Parry - Foundation director

Ann worked as the School Business Manager from 1993 to 2010 in large secondary schools in Swindon. As SBM, she 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 Chair 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 was a governor at Easton Royal Academy for eight years and is Chair of Excalibur Academies Trust's Finance, Premises and ICT committee.

Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Rev Canon Andrew Studdert Kennedy - Foundation director and Corporate Member

After serving in parishes in South London, Andrew has been Rector of Marlborough for 11 years. He is Rural Dean of Marlborough Deanery, non-resident Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and has recently been appointed Queen's Chaplain; he is also an ex-officio governor of the local primary 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 director

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.

Lucy Lee - Community director

Graduating from Bristol University with a first class degree in Politics, Lucy began her career as a consultant with Accenture. Since 2005 she has held various posts as a policy adviser, latterly as Head of Education for Policy Exchange, a Westminster Think Tank. Lucy has many years experience in secondary governance, most recently as a community governor of John O'Gaunt School and also as Vice-Chair of Governors of an academy in Hackney, London. Lucy has a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is a mother to two young children and helps to run a family farm in West Berkshire. She has been a Director of Excalibur Academies Trust since July 2017 and sits on the Education Scrutiny committee.