Executive team led by CEO Nicky Edmondson:
Nicky Edmondson - Chief Executive Officer
Following three successful years as Principal of St John's Marlborough Nicky was appointed CEO of Excalibur Academies Trust in September 2018. With over 18 years of senior leadership experience across five comprehensive schools in different contexts Nicky is a talented leader with a track record of success. As a practising teacher of English she was consistently judged outstanding by Ofsted. An experienced coach and mentor she has worked with Bath Spa University on their PGCE programme. Nicky has significantly raised achievement in every school she has led; at St John’s she raised both attainment and progress in addition to significantly reducing the gap in achievement for disadvantaged students. Nicky has extensive experience of successfully leading change, developing and delivering strategy at local and national level, and inspiring and developing future leaders. As CEO Nicky provides challenge and support to headteachers, leadership coaching and a wide range of professional development for senior and middle leaders. Her commitment to collaborative working is evidenced by the lead role she taken in a wide range of educational organisations.
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 becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Karen focuses on governance, development projects and has an impressive track record in securing grants.
Anne Normington - Head of Primary Education
In a career spanning 35 years Anne’s experience includes small village schools as well as large urban primary settings. She has been the Headteacher of a high performing school and an Executive Principal leading two schools. Teaching is her passion and getting her out of the classroom or taking her away from working with children, can be quite a challenge! As Head of Primary Education Anne leads the work of Excalibur’s primary sector, supporting schools in their drive toward excellence. She works with individual academies and leads the collective primary team school improvement work. Always at heart the teacher and classroom practitioner, Anne says she has a wonderful job, spending time in primary academies supporting the Trust family.
Laura Reid - Head of Secondary Education
With over 14 years experience Laura has led many areas of the secondary English curriculum, been Head of Faculty for 9 years, a senior leader responsible for teaching and learning and a Senior Secondary Improvement Partner. Laura’s NPQSL qualification focused on teaching and learning, and leading change. She has also been an A Level English examiner for AQA. Previously Director of Excalibur’s Teaching School Alliance Laura has always been passionate about the quality of teaching and learning and providing students of all backgrounds with a first-class education. This love of teaching and the ability to instigate and lead change is at the heart of everything she does. As Head of Secondary Education Laura leads the work of the secondary schools in their drive toward excellence. She works with individual academies as well as leading key teams on school improvement work.
Catriona Mangham - Head of Strategic Development
Catriona is an experienced and successful principal having turned a failing inner city school into a high achieving. She has also been an Associate Head teacher for PiXL supporting schools in raising achievement, a mentor Head teacher for Ofsted and a mentor on the DfE's Women into Leadership programme. As Excalibur's Head of Strategic Development she oversees whole Trust strategies and initiatives on pupil premium, SEND, safeguarding and sustainability as well as support individual principals as required and leading the Bristol hub.
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 - Head of HR
Kim has a financial services background, having spent 10 years working as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman of a large insurance company. In her next role, she spent 11 years working for two small businesses with responsibility for the business accounts, staff, and health and safety. She moved to the education section in 2010 having spent nine years as a governor for one of Excalibur’s primary schools. A qualified School Business Manager and Professional Member of the CIPD, Kim is responsible for human resource management and strategy across the Trust.
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.