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The Team

Executive team led by CEO Nicky Edmondson:

Nicky Edmondson, Principal of St. John's

Nicky Edmondson - Chief Executive Officer

Following three successful years as Principal of St John's Marlborough Nicky was appointed as CEO of Excalibur Academies Trust in September 2018. With over 20 years of senior leadership experience across five comprehensive schools in different contexts, Nicky is a talented leader with a track record of success to draw on. As a practising teacher of English she was consistently judged as outstanding by Ofsted. An experienced coach and mentor she and has worked with Bath Spa University on their PGCE programme.

Ms Catriona Mangham

Catriona Mangham - Head of Academy Improvement

Catriona has been a Principal for over eight 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 and has been a keynote speaker for many organisations on leadership and moral purpose. Her specialism is leadership in challenging circumstances and she supports new and experienced headteachers in this role and works with senior leaders on leadership particularly around accountability, monitoring and evaluation.

Karen Davis - Chief Finance Officer

Karen has a commercial background in consultancy, programme management and IT. She moved into the education sector in 2006; 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

Richard Smith - Director of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

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.

Sarah Frame - Director of Excalibur Teaching Alliance

Sarah has over 20 years teaching experience in Swindon and Wiltshire schools as 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 also worked as a teacher on the Children’s Ward at the Great Western Hospital. 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 AEN and Inclusion

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

Graduating from St Andrews in Computer Science Christopher worked in the financial services sector before qualifying as a teacher in 2011. He has taught computer science and business studies at St John’s Marlborough across all key stages and has been consistently graded an Outstanding practitioner. 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. Passionate about technology he is constantly exploring how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning. As Head of ICT strategy and impact he is responsible for providing support to stakeholders, identifying efficiencies and promoting a consistent, effective ICT strategy.

Val Wright - Head of Finance and Compliance

Val graduated in Civil Engineering and worked for Mott MacDonald for 10 years as a Highway Design Engineer. Following a career break, she retrained as an accountant gaining membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians whilst working for an accountancy practice as VAT Service Manager. Val joined St Johns Marlborough in 2010 as Finance Manager and completed the CSBM course through the National College. As Head of Finance and Compliance 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 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 human resource management and strategy across the Trust.