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Meet the Trustees


Joan Dean, Chair Trustees

Appointed: 11th January 2018

Key Responsibility: Strategic Plan and Pupil Premium

Joan Dean has a long career in education. After attending Manchester University Joan started her career as a teacher in Oldham. Joan then became a deputy headteacher in Moss Side Manchester followed by her next role as the headteacher of a large primary school in central Manchester. Joan was appointed to Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools (HMI). In addition to inspecting schools in England - both primary and secondary - Joan led many inspections of British Forces schools in Cyprus and Germany. From Ofsted Joan was seconded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister where she pursued her interest in schools in disadvantaged areas. As a result of this work Joan was appointed as a Director at the National College for School Leadership. More recently, Joan established a consultancy supporting local authorities and schools with school improvement strategies and leadership development. She has worked extensively in Manchester schools and has successfully run Manchester's Aspiring Leaders’ programme. Joan is married with one daughter and one granddaughter.

Mike Snelson, Vice Chair

Appointed: 16th August 2018

Key Responsibilities: Chair Standards Committee, Behaviour and Attendance

Mike Snelson recently retired following more than 40 years as a professional working in education. His career included spells as a primary headteacher of two schools in the north-west; a School Improvement Adviser in Redcar and Cleveland; Ofsted team inspector; and Principal Adviser for Lancashire School Effectiveness Service. Most recently he has worked as an independent education consultant. Mike is married and lives in Lancashire. He has two sons (both teachers!) and four grandchildren.


Jon Nowell

Appointed: 15th June 2018

Key Responsibilities: Chair Resources and Audit Committee, Finance

Jon Nowell has extensive experience gained from a number of leadership roles and is Operations Director at TalkTalk Business. Throughout Jon's career he has worked on a number of initiatives in the education sector including leadership of an Education ISP and Building Schools for the Future. Jon previously spent five years as a school governor for a Primary in Cheshire and has significant financial leadership experience. As part of his remit at the Dunstone Education Trust he chairs the Resources committee. Jon lives in Cheshire and is married with two Children and in his spare time manages an U15 Football team.

Tudor Griffiths

Appointed: 29th September 2020

Member of Standards Committee
Key Responsibilities: Quality of Education

Tudor Griffiths has been a secondary headteacher for nearly 20 years. His first headship was in an inner-city 11-18 high school in Leeds. He is currently headteacher of Kettlethorpe High School in Wakefield, an 11-16 comprehensive school with over 1600 pupils, where he has been in post since 2006. Since 2012 Tudor  has been involved in school inspection work both as a lead and team inspector. He has also undertaken school improvement and educational consultancy work in both primary and secondary schools/academies for a number of local authorities and multi-academy trusts nationally. This has been centred on developing leadership capacity and raising standards. In his spare time Tudor is a national panel official for the Rugby Football Union.

Becki Smith

Appointed: 19th April 2021

Member of Resources Committee
Key Responsibilities: Girls in Technology Project

Becki Smith is the Commercial Sales Director for the direct business focused on Consumer. Becki leads the trading, channel sales and loyalty functions and digital marketing and experience teams.

Becki joined TalkTalk in January 2020 from N Brown Group Plc where she was Marketing and eCommerce Director, and previously led eCommerce and digital marketing for Boohoo Group.

Becki is an experienced mentor and coach; is currently a mentor on the 30% club, which is a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

Dr Philip Smith, Hon DBA, FCMA, FCT, FInstMgt, FCPFA

Appointed: 8th April 2021

Member of Resources and Audit.
Key Responsibilities: Audit and Compliance

Dr Smith, a qualified accountant, now retired from executive work, is a former senior executive of multi-national businesses, including major food retailer Asda Group Plc and National Power Plc, the UK electricity generating company.

Dr Smith is a Higher Education specialist with over twenty years experience at governing board level. He is also chair of governors of the Milton Keynes Academy.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by De Montfort University in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the development of the university and an MBE in 2016 for his services to business and the community of Milton Keynes.

A former chairman of Leicester City Football Club Plc, Dr Smith has held various positions in the sporting arena including chairmanship of youth and senior men's and ladies football clubs. He is a former member of LEAP, the Bucks County Sports Partnership and former chair of SEMLEP's Sport and Leisure Group.

In Milton Keynes he was chair of MK Business Leaders Partnership and the MK Business Council.

He was a non-executive director of Destination MK and MK City Orchestra, a former trustee of The Stables music theatre and is currently President Elect of the Rotary Club of Lytham.

Jennifer Madeley

Appointed: 9th December 2021

Member of Resources and Audit.
Key Responsibilities: Well-Being and HR

Jen Madeley is People Director for the Technology & Security business units at TalkTalk. CIPD qualified, with a degree in Psychology and over 15 years commercial experience in HR and Talent. Jen is an experienced coach and passionate about organisational effectiveness ensuring businesses have the right talent, culture, and ways of working to succeed.

Joining TalkTalk in 2015 with responsibility for Talent Acquisition, she recognises the importance of embedding STEM skills from a young age. She brings a commitment to share this passion with the Academy and will use her experience and relationships with Technology & Security leaders to bring STEM to life for all pupils.

She lives in Formby with her husband, two children and dog. Most of their spare time is spent enjoying the outdoors and taking part in various sporting activities.

Chelsea Slater

Appointed: 2nd September 2022

Member of Resources and Audit.
Key Responsibilities: Careers Education and Website Compliance

Chelsea has dedicated her work to achieve gender equality within the tech sector. Her direct experiences of inequality within her previous roles inspired her to start InnovateHer, a social enterprise who are on a mission to educate and inspire women to have careers in tech, whilst helping companies to be more inclusive. With her team, Chelsea plans for InnovateHer to become a pioneering industry-led STEAM education provider, globally inspiring teens to reach their potential and create a more inclusive future in tech, with a community of 1 million globally.

In other work, Chelsea has supported many organisations and government bodies on their digital strategies, as well as Inclusion, Social Enterprise, Digital Marketing, Brand and Business operations.

Trustees are the accountable body for Fulwood Academy

In order to contact the trust board, please direct enquiries to the Clerk to the Trustee Board, Jacqueline Currey.

By Telephone: 01253 476513

By E-mail

By Post: Please address correspondence to Mrs J Dean, Chair of Trustees at the Academy Address