Roger Townsend, Trustee at Equa Trust

Roger Townsend

Chair of Trustees

Roger brings strong commercial business leadership to Equa, with large scale P&L, business development, including start-up businesses and change management expertise, coupled with corporate governance non-exec experience. His career includes roles with Accenture, Eagle Star, Threadneedle Asset Mngt, BAFS / Zurich Financial Services, Xchanging and Bank of New York, at MD and board level, including developing corporate governance and working at significant scale with revenues ranging between £25m to £750m and headcounts ranging up to 2500.
His non-exec experiences includes Audit and Risk Committee roles and chair of the Remuneration Committee at Tesco Underwriting. Roger is a passionate believer in the importance of education in promoting social mobility and social cohesion.

Nicky Clarke, , Trustee at Equa Trust

Nicky Clarke

SDBE Member & Vice Chair of Trustees

Nicky brings an extensive mix of charity governance, mental health and marketing/communications experience to Equa. Nicky is a qualified psychodynamic counsellor with 10 years of clinical experience gained within the military, clinic and NHS settings. Before moving into mental health support, Nicky was Client Services Director of a global marketing agency operating across the UK, USA and Canada. In 2012, Nicky helped establish and became the founding chair of trustees of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation, where she led the development of the organisation from a fledgling charity with a small number of choirs to a global network of 75+ choirs across the military community with a choir membership of over 2000 women.

John Evans, Trustee at Equa Trust

John Evans


John brings significant large scale corporate as well as start-up business experience to the board with a specific skill in marketing and communications, particularly in the digital field. He is currently the CEO of an employee benefits and customer loyalty business which was successfully sold in 2015. His roles in the past have included Director of Divestment and Business Transformation as well as Global Marketing and Strategy Director at Thames Water. Prior to that he was Marketing Director at Powergen where he managed a team of c. 70 with a budget of £46M. He was Deputy Chair of Governors at Woodborough School from 2007-2010, and has also been involved in youth coaching for rugby and football.

Patrick Hazelwood, Trustee at Equa Trust

Patrick Hazelwood


Patrick comes to Equa with a wealth of experience, having just retired from being CEO of Excalibur Academies Trust which currently has 10 academies. His previous role was as Principal of St John’s International Academy Marlborough which was rated as an “Outstanding School” during his tenure. In addition, he is an experienced Ofsted/Tribal inspector and a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Strategic Leadership & Learning at the University of Bristol.
Patrick is well known for his regular contributions as a key note speaker on various topics which include themes around the Curriculum, Innovation and Global Education and has also contributed to several publications.

Paul White, Trustee at Equa Trust

Paul White


Paul brings both strong commercial and financial business experience as well as significant experience from the education sector.
Paul is a director of audit assurance for Deloitte LLP and works with a range of blue chip clients such as Dyson, Carks, EE and UBS. Prior to this, he held senior positions in a number of financial services companies/banks including Director of Financial Business Support for TSB, financial director for C&G and Group finance director at Brightside Group Plc. His experience in the education sector saw him as a member of the interim board for IPACA to oversee the turnaround of the academy.

Crispin Haywood


Crispin is Commercial Excellence Director for EMEA and America’s in GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare division. He is actively involved in global change management projects including being global project sponsor for a project delivering £26M of cost savings over 3 years.
Previously, Crispin was a board director of one the country’s largest advertising agencies, Ogilvy and Mather where his clients included Unilever, Coke, Kraft, Heinz, Philips and SC Johnson. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and was a Troop Commander in the British Army. His children attend Rushall school.

Keith Clover


Keith brings a wealth of experience in governance having been a governor and Chair of Governors for over 20 years and in all phases of education. He is a National Leader of Governance and also co-ordinates governance support on behalf of the Regional Schools Commissioner. Keith work for Salisbury Diocese Board of Education delivering their academy programme; for the National Governance Association delivering training programmes and also runs his own educational training consultancy. In his spare time Keith enjoys photography, walking his dog, and supporting Bath Rugby and Swindon Town FC! He also enjoys spending as much time with his grandchildren as possible.

Christopher Branford White


Christopher provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher and further education. He has held teaching, research and senior management roles in a number of UK and overseas universities. He was Director of a Health Institute that collaborated with universities, hospitals and laboratories based in China, Latin America, EU and Israel. Research included studies in health and nutrition, health action and innovation, and developing new drugs and delivery systems through nanotechnology. He has served as a school governor (primary and secondary), chaired Healthy Plymouth Alliance and was on the Board of the NHS Mental Health Trust, North London. He also served on the STEM National Steering Group that promoted and developed programmes especially targeting inner city schools and disadvantaged students. Christopher is committed to addressing inequality in education and enhancing career opportunities for all young people.