Chief Executive Team led by CEO Dr Patrick Hazlewood:
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.
Catriona Mangham - Head of Academy Improvement
Catriona has been a Principal for over seven years and has turned a failing inner city school into a high achieving oversubscribed organisation. She is also an Associate Head teacher for PiXL supporting four other schools in raising achievement, a mentor Head teacher for Ofsted and has recently been asked by the DfE to join their Women into Leadership programme as a mentor. A coach on leadership for the ASPIRE foundation and a National Leader of Education. Catriona has also worked with HTI on key projects, lectures at Bristol University regularly and has been a keynote speaker for many organisations on leadership and moral purpose. Catriona's specialism is leadership in challenging circumstances and she is able to support new and experienced headteachers in this role as well as working with senior leaders on leadership particularly around accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
Karen Davis - Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Karen has a commercial background in consultancy, programme management and IT. She moved into the education sector 10 years ago; was a Lead Practitioner with the SSAT becomimg Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Karen focuses on governance, development projects and has an impressive track record in securing grants.
Richard Smith - Director of Teaching and Learning
Richard has been National Lead for several curriculum projects including Opening Minds (RSA 2001-2012); Oxfam Global Citizenship Project; DflD Global Curriculum Project and QCA national projects curriculum redesign. Richard has been judged as an outstanding practitioner in English by Ofsted on three separate inspections, and was part of the prestigious first cohort of the Fast Track Teaching Programme. As a Senior Leader for eight years, Richard holds NPQH and is currently a School Development Partner for a Free School in Reading.
Nicky Edmondson - Head of Teaching School Alliance and Leadership Development
Nicky is currently Principal of St John’s Marlborough, her third headship, and Head of Excalibur Teaching School Alliance. With over 17 years of senior leadership experience across five comprehensive schools in different contexts, Nicky is still a practising English teacher, judged by Ofsted to be outstanding. She is an experienced coach and mentor and has worked with Bath Spa University on their PGCE programme.
Through Excalibur Teaching School Alliance, Nicky is able to provide school to school support, leadership coaching and a wide range of professional development for senior and middle leaders, teachers, support staff, and governors.
Anne Normington - Director of Policy
Anne has worked in primary education for over thirty years. She has developed specialisms and earned qualifications in a range of subjects and areas of education, including Special Educational Needs. She has been Principal of Ogbourne CofE Primary School since 2010 and is Executive Principal of Oare CofE Primary School.
Sarah Frame - Director of Teaching Alliance
Sarah has over 20 years teaching experience in Swindon and Wiltshire schools as both a maths and ICT teacher. She has led in many areas of the secondary maths and ICT curriculum and her roles have ranged from: Director of ICT; to Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and Maths Subject Lead Tutor for a SCITT. Sarah has also worked as a teacher on the Children’s Ward at the Great Western Hospital. As a Senior Leader, As Director of Excalibur Teaching School Alliance Sarah is responsible for leading and developing the strategy for the Teaching School - offering provision across the Alliance in Initial Teacher Training, School to School Support and Continued Professional Development.
Sarah Cardy - Head of Inclusion and AEN
Sarah has over 20 years teaching experience and 13 years’ experience as SENDCo in both primary and secondary schools and is currently SENDCo for St John’s, Marlborough. In 2014, she planned and led the first Excalibur Academies Trust SpLD Awareness Day, collaborating with local dyslexia and specific learning difficulty specialists. Sarah has been judged as an outstanding practitioner in both primary and secondary inspections and has her NPQH.
Christopher Field - Head of ICT strategy and impact
Christopher studied Computer Science at the University of St Andrews and worked in the financial services and statutory sectors after graduating. He qualified as a teacher in 2011 and has taught computer science and business studies at St John’s Marlborough across key stages 3-5. He was observed by Ofsted in their most recent inspection and has been consistently graded as an Outstanding practitioner across subjects.
Christopher was appointed as the coordinator of E-Safety in 2012, promoted to Key Stage Leader in 2015 and successfully completed the Middle Leadership Programme. He has always been passionate about technology and continues to explore how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
As the Excalibur Strategic ICT Director he is responsible for providing support to stakeholders, consulting with partners, identifying efficiencies and promoting a consistent, effective ICT strategy.
Val Wright - Finance Director
Val graduated with a Degree in Civil Engineering and worked for Mott MacDonald for 10 years as Highway Design Engineer. Following a career break, she retrained gaining Membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians whilst working for Old Mill Accountancy as VAT Service Manager. Val joined St Johns Marlborough in 2010 as Finance Manager and completed the CSBM course through the National College. As Finance Director she is responsible for the financial reporting of all the academies within Excalibur Academies Trust.
Kim Jones - HR Director
Kim spent 10 years working in Financial Services as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman. In her next role she spent 11 years working for two small businesses (one as an owner) with responsibility for staff, H&S and accounts. With a passion to become involved in education and make a difference, she became a governor for nine years, including two as Chair, of a local primary school. Kim joined St John’s Marlborough in September 2010 and successfully completed the Diploma of School Business Management in March 2013. She is responsible for HR and Strategy across the Trust.