Meet the TRUSTEE BOARD
Mrs J DeanMember and Chair of Trustees
Mrs J Dean
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.
Mr M SnelsonVice Chair of Trustees
Mr M Snelson
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.
Mr J NowellTrustee
Mr J Nowell
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.
Mr T GriffithsTrustee
Mr T Griffiths
TudorÂ 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 TudorÂ 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 timeÂ TudorÂ is a national panel official for the Rugby Football Union.
Mrs R SmithTrustee
Mrs R Smith
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 MBETrustee
Dr Philip Smith MBE
Hon DBA, FCMA, FCT, FInstMgt, FCPFA
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.
In order to make contact with the trust board, please direct enquiries to the Clerk to the Trustee Board, Jacqueline Currey on,
By Post: Please address correspondence to Mrs J Dean, Chair of Trustees at the Academy Address
By Telephone: 01253 476513
By E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Academy Trust Members:
- Charles William Dunstone (Sponsor)
- Joan Marie Dean
- Tim Simon Morris
- Victoria Jane Hornby
Terms of Reference
Please see the Dunstone Education Trust board governing terms of reference below.