Staff & Governors

Find out more about our leadership team and governing body in the pen portraits in the “Governors” or “Senior Staff” drop-down sections below. See the “Downloads” drop-down section below for links to our staff list & governance PDFs.

Contact information can be found on our Contact page.


Mrs Caroline Thomas

Community Governor (Chair)

Caroline has a degree in Psychology from Exeter University and after 5 years commissioned service in the British Army moved into Financial Services, holding senior roles in Business Strategy and Regulatory Compliance, from which she ‘semi retired’ in 2018 to undertake a master’s degree in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education at UCL. Caroline was a pupil at Marlborough Grammar School when it became St John’s back in the 70’s and after c30 years away returned to live in Marlborough in 2009. Having done a stint as school governor at Crowdys Hill special needs school in Swindon and 9 years as a Non Exec Director with Turning Point, one of the UK’s leading third sector providers of social services, Caroline hopes to use her experience and passion for supporting vulnerable children to help maintain St John’s as a high quality school where all children can maximise their potential while building happy memories.

Mrs Thomas may be contacted by post to St John’s or by email to the St John’s enquiries email address, which may be found on our Contacts page.

Wing Commander Calvin Bailey MBE MEng MA RAF

Parent Governor

Calvin, a Parent Governor, has 2 daughters at St John’s, both in their later years at St John’s Marlborough. Born in Zambia, Calvin grew up in Plumstead, South East London, and attended a very large boys comprehensive school which is now defunct. Calvin graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Exeter University before commissioning in to the Royal Air Force as a Pilot. He has an avid interest in sports in particular Rugby, Football, cycling and athletics. He is a qualified children’s athletics coach. Calvin is a passionate gender advocate and is training as a well being councillor. He was promoted as an MBE for leadership on a humanitarian operation in the Philippines in 2013 and completed a second Masters at King’s College in 2017. Calvin remains a Pilot and senior officer in the Royal Air Force, presently employed at the Ministry of Defence in Security Policy and Operations. A previous local primary school governor, Calvin looks forward to the challenge of governance once again.

Mr A Blair

Parent Governor

Born in Great Yarmouth, with a Bsc. Hons. degree from Salford University in Business Operation and Control. I have over thirty years commercial experience working in various industries. I have recently retired from a career as a finance professional, the last sixteen years of which was working for an SME lighting company, Microlights Ltd, after the corporate life of large blue chip organisations (The BOC Group and Becton Dickinson). As Financial Director (ACMA qualified) with full board responsibilities I was involved in all areas of management, strategic decision making and direction within the fast moving lighting industry. I have a daughter in year 11 of St John’s. My interests revolve around the local hockey club (coach, player and umpire) and golf.

Ms Samantha Bishop

Community Governor

Following a degree in Management Science, Sam has worked as a Consultant for over 30 years. Her early career started in Consultancy with a leading accountancy firm. In recent years, Sam has developed complex property projects from planning to completion. She has recently finished her Postgraduate studies in Ecology Consultancy at Reading University and plans to pursue a research PhD.

Sam is passionate about Education and delighted to be serving as a Community Governor to help deliver the vision and ethos of St John’s.

Ms Nathalie Collister

Parent Governor

Born and graduated in France with a Masters’ degree in Business & Foreign Languages, Nathalie moved to England for her first job at the age of 23. She has 3 children at St John’s: a daughter followed by twins. With a background in Project and Programme management in IT for large blue chip companies, she has now been a consultant project management trainer for over 10 years for many organisations both in the private & public sectors. As a trainer in Further Education, she has a sound grasp of Ofsted & Safeguarding principles. Her hobbies are cooking, running and taxiing children to a myriad of activities!

Mr George Fox

Parent Governor

Having lived in the Wiltshire area for most of his life George studied at Reading University and trained to became a teacher in 2009; now with specialist skills in SEND and more specifically autism, George works as an Education lead in a specialist school in West Berkshire. George lives in Pewsey with his wife and two step daughters. He has a keen interest in cricket, fitness, running and can be seen running the hills and plains of the surrounding areas.

Mrs Rachael Foy

Parent Governor

Rachael lives locally with her husband and two daughters, the eldest of whom started at St Johns in 2018. She graduated from Newcastle university with an Animal Science degree and followed it up with a PhD. Following a career in higher education including time at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester she has recently switched direction and is now a Programmes Manager for the Natural Environment Research Council in Swindon. As well as a love of the natural sciences, she has a background in learning theory, online curriculum design, graduate employability and science communication. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, reading and getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors with her family.

Mrs Tina Harrigan-James

Parent Governor

Tina moved from Cornwall after completing her PGCE to teach English in Berkshire. She led the 6th form for several years before taking a career break, during which she served as a Governor. She then moved into the careers sector to work as a Business Development Director for a large charity before becoming a freelance consultant, specialising in special educational needs, and pastoral care and guidance for apprentices. Covid forced a change of direction, so she launched Careers Collective, a start-up delivering careers education and career development support virtually. She moved to Marlborough 4 years ago and is a parent to three children, two of whom are already studying at St John’s, with her third due to start this year. She is delighted to be serving as a Parent Governor and has a particular interest in special educational needs, English and the arts, careers and sustainability.

Mr B Hodson

Parent Governor

Born in London, Ben spent a childhood shared between the Welsh border and a small Greek island in the Aegean. He graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey and then spent 25 years working in technology. Ben lives in Aldbourne with his wife and two children, both of whom attend Saint John’s. His interests include cooking, paramotoring and tennis.

Mr R Johnson

Community Governor

Richard was brought up in Northumberland, and graduated in law from Newcastle University. He subsequently trained as a teacher, and has worked in schools for over thirty years, holding various senior leadership positions, including the headship of two schools. His family settled in Wiltshire in 2004, and he is a current St John’s parent. He previously served as a governor of St John’s between 2005 and 2010 and currently works as a school inspector and educational consultant.

Mr G Knight

Community Governor

Gary has lived in Wiltshire for over 25 years, and is currently HR Director at the British Standards Institution, where he has worked, for the last 5 years supporting global commercial teams, and leading the Wellbeing agenda. He is also a certified Mental Health First Aider.

Prior to his commercial career Gary was a Captain in the British Army, serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and spent 2 years based in Scotland with the Royal Marines carrying out duties in Norway, the Mediterranean and Brunei. He has worked for GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco as well as within the Mining industry working across Africa, Australia, Finland, and Panama.

Gary is married to Georgina and has two adult children, a son who is a musician and a daughter at University in Brighton studying Fashion & business. He is a passionate rugby supporter, having played in his younger days for the Army, Combined Services and semi-professionally for Moseley and Newbury, but he now spends his downtime cycling, golfing, or raising money for Charities.

Mrs E Playfair

Staff Governor

With a degree in Geography from Cambridge University and another in Physiotherapy from King’s College London, Emma made the move to teaching in 2017, completing her PGCE through the Excalibur Teaching School Alliance and joining St John’s as a full time Maths teacher in September 2018. She lives locally with her husband and two children and enjoys running, cycling and hockey (although now mainly from the sidelines).

Mrs N E Edmondson BA (Hons) NPQH

CEO Excalibur

Originally from Hereford, Nicky graduated from the University of London with a degree in English and began her teaching career in Gloucester. With over 25 years’ teaching experience, Nicky has had a number of different roles in comprehensive schools including two Headships prior to taking up her role as Principal at St John’s.

Mr I R Tucker BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

Principal, St John’s Marlborough

Having worked in a variety of schools in Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Wiltshire Ian has held Headships in two primary schools and three secondary schools over the past 18 years. A graduate in Theology and Philosophy he has three children and when he is not in school he enjoys swimming, cycling and running – sometimes one after the other!

Mr M V Whittaker BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

Senior Vice Principal

Born and bred in North Yorkshire, Miles began his teaching career in York after a Business Hospitality Management degree. After living and cheffing in Australia, he returned home and set up and ran his own outside catering company in Cardiff. Miles has had a range of roles in state schools both north and south and his three children have all attended St John’s.

Mrs. S Wilson BSc(Hons), PGCE

Vice Principal, Teaching and Learning

Sarah has fulfilled a variety of different roles in schools in the South West including being in senior leadership since 2012. After completing her degree in Biological Sciences with honours in Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh she worked briefly in science and business before completing her PGCE. Out of school Sarah enjoys mountain biking, windsurfing and snowboarding.

Mr D P Rogan BSc (Hons), PGCE

Assistant Vice Prinicpal

Mr Rogan has been teaching Maths at the school since 1996 and has been a member of the senior leadership team for the last nine years. He is in charge of the systems used to monitor student progress, examinations, the curriculum and the school timetable.

Mrs R Haig-Williams

Assistant Vice Principal, Director of Sixth Form

Rachel has worked in four secondary schools in Wiltshire, working her way up through a variety of roles including Head of House, Head of Humanities, Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Head . She has a degree in Theology from Exeter University and is currently studying for her MA in Educational Leadership. Rachel’s role at St John’s is to lead and manage the Sixth Form.

Miss M McNeill BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

Excalibur Safeguarding Officer & Pupil Premium Lead

A science teacher with a Geology background, Maeve has taught in Wiltshire schools for 20 years. Current responsibilities at St John’s Marlborough are as our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Pupil Premium champion.

Mr T Nicholls BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQH

Assistant Vice Principal – KS4

After gaining a BA(Hons) in Sport Science Tom then qualified as a PE teacher at Exeter University and enjoyed many years in this role, progressing to being the Director of Physical Education at St John’s. Further development followed through an MA in Educational Management and completion of the NPQH and a number of different roles have been fulfilled. Tom has recently moved to the pastoral system working directly with the College Principals and Key Workers, overseeing all areas of Student Welfare within the College system.

Mr C.Paul B.Ed. (hons)

Assistant Vice Principal – KS3

Charlie has been a secondary school teacher for 22 years, St John’s being his fourth school. During this time, he has been a successful Head of PE within a Sports College, Head of Year and has undertaken various other pastoral roles. In his current role he oversees Inclusion, the pastoral system at KS3 and the Active Pathway, working with Heads of Year, Key Workers and the Hub manager.

Mrs B Jones

School Business Manager

Brigid joined St John’s in 2004 as PA to the Senior Leadership Team having worked for a local charity supporting pre-school providers in the area.  Following a move to Administration Manager, Brigid became the Excalibur Academies Trust Admissions Officer in 2012 providing strategic level support on admissions to Excalibur Directors and all schools within the Trust.  Her move to School Business Manager brings her focus back to St John’s.  Brigid has two grown-up children, who both went through the school, and a young grandchild!

Mrs L Spokes

Seconded Leader

Leesa is new to the senior leadership team, having been seconded last year. She has been teaching art at St Johns for nearly twenty years and is Head of The Arts Faculty. Leesa completed her PGCE at Exeter University in Art and Design after working briefly in the fashion industry. Leesa has two young children who keep her on her toes.

Mr R Lacey BSc (Hons) PGCE

Seconded Leader

Rupert has worked in three Wiltshire secondary schools in a career spanning 18 years. He has occupied numerous positions such as head of house and assistant head of year but has specialised in departmental and faculty leadership, a role he has occupied in all three schools. Rupert has three children and plays golf in his spare time.

Mrs J Lillywhite

PA to the Principal

Jo has worked at St John’s since February 2019 and as well as PA to the Principal, she works closely with the Head of HR on all aspects of HR for the Academy.

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Executive Renumeration – see Excalibur Academies Trust Statutory Information page under “Executive Pay”
St John’s LGB Governance Information Dec 2021  
St John’s Whole School Staff List April 2022 Updated