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Board of Trustees Profiles

Paul Nagle - Chair of Trustees

Paul has worked within a wide variety of Public Sector organisations over 30 years as an Accountant, Audit and Risk Management specialist and more recently in Change Management. He has also served as a Treasurer and Trustee for SWANS, the local disability support charity. Paul has been a trustee at Plume since September 2014 and from April 2020 has been Chair of Trustees. Paul has been actively involved with the Pay Committee, was formerly Chair of the Finance and Estates Committee and is also a member of the Strategic Development Committee. His other interests have been the quality of teaching, SEND provision and sustaining the excellent facilities the academy is able to offer its students. He has lived in Maldon for the past 20 years and has three sons all whom have benefited immensely from a Plume education. He feels passionate about Plume continuing to thrive and providing a first class education and development opportunities for students of all abilities, so making it the first choice for parents and carers in the Maldon area.

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Tim Bailey

Whilst Tim was brought up and educated in Braintree, Maldon was always a place of significance for him. His father had been active in the sea cadets and as a result Maldon and Heybridge were frequent childhood destinations. When he was looking to relocate to Essex in 2009 the area was a natural choice.

Tim is a career Banker having worked for one organisation the whole of his working life. For the last 30 years he has worked in various roles in the Corporate arena. His current position is heading up the restructuring team covering London and the South of England. They look after medium to larger businesses that get into difficulty and need intensive support. 

Throughout his career he has held a number of external interests including Governor at Colchester Institute and a Director at Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (COLBEA). He has taken many opportunities to support schools and colleges where he has been based. He is passionate to see all children reach the most of their potential.

Currently he is Vice Commodore and Treasurer of Goldhanger Sailing Club.

He has 4 children, one of whom is a student at the Plume. His interests include sailing/kayaking/paddle boarding, walking and fishing.

John Everard

John is a qualified Engineer who has worked in the manufacturing industry from apprenticeship into Senior Management positions. He now runs his own Engineering Consultancy business. He has been a trustee at Plume for over 20 years and is Vice-Chair of Trustees. John is also a member of the Audit and Personnel Committees and is Chair of the Pay Committee. He is the trustee link for Student Voice and monitors a range of Key Performance areas, including leadership and management and students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. John has had two sons attend the school, both of whom now work in London; he still has several nephews and nieces at the school. John’s other local interests include playing golf, his home and garden. His vision for the future is to see Plume become the school of choice for those living in the local area.

Melanie Foster

Melanie has worked within the railway industry for over 32 years.  A commercially astute business leader used to delivering change in complex organisations through collaboration and an open, customer driven approach.  Being a decisive, strategic, and pragmatic thinker means that highly complex problems are quickly assessed, prioritised and results delivered. 

Melanie moved to Maldon 12 years ago having married a local.  Her and her husband Wayne have two children at the Plume, and she is incredibly motivated to utilise her commercial, transformation and leadership experience to support Plume in reaching its full potential.  

Mark Howell

Mark is an IT professional with 40 years’ experience. He has worked in many industry sectors including Automotive, Banking, Stock Broking, Pharmaceuticals, Oil, local government and charity. He has been a school trustee since 1997, and is currently a trustee both at both Plume and Maldon Primary. Mark is the link trustee for Health and Safety, Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Strategic Development Committee. Mark has a daughter and niece at the school; another niece left recently to attend the University of Sussex. Mark moved to Maldon in 2004 and his local interest is focused on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal where he has a boat moored. His many interests include improving the local environment. Mark’s vision for the Plume is that is the first choice for Maldon parents - he expects the school to play a key part in ensuring that its students have the key skills required to lead a rewarding life.

Elliott Judge

Elliott has lived in the Maldon District for almost 20 years and currently has two children at the Plume Academy.

He graduated from the University of Portsmouth having obtained a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Management.

Elliott is a retired senior police officer, with a strong background and passion for safeguarding, mental health and staff wellbeing. He now works for the NHS as a consultant helping to reduce violence on staff.

He hopes to use his 32 years of working with and serving the community of Essex to ensure that our children are safe and receive the best opportunity to maximise their potential.

Lisa Smart

Lisa’s career in the environmental sector has spanned 30 years, working for Natural England, the National Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust before moving to Essex County Council. 

She manages a large countywide team, encompassing nature reserve management, trading activities and community events. A key role is to ensure accessibility and inclusivity across parks. She is a trained ecologist, having studied her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and her Master’s in Ecology.

Both of Lisa’s children attend the academy. Her passion is for ensuring that students of all ages experience the benefits of engaging with the natural world, particularly in relation to mental health and sustainable lifestyles. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing and walking Essex’s 350-miles of stunning coastline. 

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