BRUNel Academies Trust
Trustee Biographies

Brunel Trustees (ID 1138)

  • William Wyldbore-Smith
    Member and Trustee
  • Jackie Fieldwick (nee Smith) MBE
    Trustee and CEO
  • Alison Thunder
  • Dr Andy Tait
  • Louise Moelwyn-Hughes MA MEd
  • Chris Simms
  • Nigel Green



William Wyldbore-Smith

Member and Trustee; Brunel Academies Trust (Brunel) Board Chairman, Brunel Education Board Trustee.  Retired partner in Thrings LLP, Solicitors ; High Sheriff of Wiltshire 2013-14. Trustee of various charitable organisations including the Wiltshire Community Foundation (retired October 2019), Marlborough College Foundation (retired 2019), Plum Layton Charitable Trust, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Maud Heath Trust, Bremhill Village Hall Trust, Vice-President Community First Wiltshire, Vice Patron of Wiltshire Victoria History Society, and Patron of Uplands Enterprise Trust. Appointed as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire in 2019.

Jackie Fieldwick (nee Smith) MBE

Trustee and CEO of the Brunel Academies Trust and Brunel Education, previously Secondary Maths teacher; Maths Lead for Residential BESD school; SENCO; Head of Inclusion; Deputy Headteacher; Headteacher. Head Teacher and Executive Head Teacher of Uplands School (Ofsted “outstanding” 2014 and 2017 & TES School of the Year 2015); CEO, Principal Trustee and founder of Uplands Enterprise Trust (UET); opened 19-25 Specialist post-16 institution (Horizons College); developed UET farm provision; developed local Supported Internship Programme; Chair of Association of Swindon Special School Headteachers (2012-14); Former Chair of Special Educational Needs Resourcing Panel; Conference delivery 'Setting Up Alternative Provision', Bespoke training to school leaders 'Developing Funding Streams', Leadership & Management mentoring for new leaders; Schools Forum (2014-present); Vice Chair of School’s Forum (2016-2018), Former Chair of School’s Forum (2018-2021), member of School’s Forum (2021); Member of SEND Strategic Board, High Needs Debt Recovery Group Member, Swindon Inclusion Forum Executive Member, F40 Executive Committee Member (2018 – present), SEND Representative for the Regional Education Partnership Board; Education Representative on the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership Executive (2019 – present), Member of the South West SEND Strategic Group, Member of the Department for Education’s Advisory Board. Jackie owns several horses and spends most of her spare time in a horse lorry, driving her daughter around the country to compete in show jumping events.

Alison Thunder

Trustee Brunel Academies Trust; Vice Chair and Chair of the People and Culture Committee. Alison has worked within the Facilities Management private sector for over 40 years. Alison was responsible for operational management, senior management development, health and safety, business continuity and risk management. Alison has developed robust management skills and has been accountable for the management of over 500 individuals at any one time. She has over 35 years of leadership experience in delivering business and personal objectives through coaching, mentoring and unbiased feedback. She achieved various qualifications from Internal Auditor, Risk Management/Business Continuity practitioner, IOSH and RIPHH qualifications, experienced in Safeguarding and Prince 1 Project Management expertise. Outside of her volunteering role, Alison is also an avid Formula 1 Motorsport follower, a poor tennis player and loves growing fresh vegetables.

Dr Andy Tait

Trustee Brunel Academies Trust; Chair of the Brunel Academies Trust Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. Andy is a retired Director of Operations for the Intel Corporation and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Intel 1996 Pension Plan. Andy has considerable experience within the charitable sector including: Board Trustee for the Wiltshire Community Foundation, Board Member Swindon Place Marketing Board, Board Member Swindon Education and Skills Board, Board Member & Acting Chair of Involve Swindon. Board Member of GWE Holdings.

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes MA MEd 

Trustee Brunel Academies Trust. Louise grew up in Belfast  and was educated at a state school. Louise read Classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and her first teaching post was at Marlborough College where she was a Housemistress and taught Classics and Arabic. Louise became Senior Deputy Head of The Perse School, Cambridge, and then Head of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, before returning to Marlborough as Master. She is passionate about access and diversity, believing that every child should be given the opportunity to access an excellent education, whatever their ability and whatever their circumstances.

Chris Sims

Trustee Brunel Academies Trust; Chair of the BASIS Local Governing Committee, Member of the People and Culture Committee, Swindon Carers Centre, Trustee; Uplands Enterprise Trust Trustee; Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. Mostly retired IT specialist having held senior positions at Gartmore Investment Management and Ignis Asset Management.

Nigel Green

Trustee Brunel Academies Trust; Chair of the Primary Local Governing Committee; member of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee; Myhre Syndrome Charity Trustee/CFO/CEO. Nigel works for the UK’s largest community bank Metrobank plc and brings 30 years of corporate, social purpose, financial and transformation experience. Nigel has always worked in the financial sector and has a passion for achieving the right outcome. Often you will find him running polling stations and election duties.