Chief Executive Officer - Julie Hazeldine


Julie has 17 years’ experience in Secondary School Leadership in 3 schools.

She has a successfully delivered school improvement, raised academic standards in a challenging context, supported curriculum development, and is skilled in school HR and leadership systems and structures.  The exam results at FGS have risen from 39% 5+ including English and Maths in 2007 to 74% 5+ including English and Maths in 2015.

Her role includes responsibility for safeguarding, SEN, marketing and communications, financial management, multi-agency working and is a national and regional lead on CSE/Complex safeguarding.

FGS is known for its innovative and effective health and well-being curriculum.

Julie’s combination of experiences and responsibilities makes her an ideal CEO of the trust and support our vision to work closely with key partners to deliver healthy lives, healthy minds and healthy futures.

DEPUTY CEO - Phil Deakin


Phil is a successful Finance Director who has demonstrated the ability to lead in a number of schools. He has excellent managerial and commercial skills learned from running a thriving manufacturing business, coupled with analysis skills gained at an international blue chip company.

Phil has worked on a number of executive and non executive boards in both education and wider public life advising on the areas of finance, HR and building and estates.

Development Manager - Kay Statham


Kay has fifteen years’ experience in Sports Development and has been with both FGS and the Healthy Learning Trust for over five years working on the national School Games Programme and as Development Manager for the HLT Wellbeing Partnership. As an alumnae of FGS she is passionate about providing opportunities for all the young people of Greater Manchester to be active and runs a comprehensive calendar of events throughout the School year for our partner schools.

Kay is the cornerstone of the Trust’s engagement and outreach programme and is instrumental in developing and delivering the programmes that help embed our vision through the 5 Pathways to scholarship.

Outside of School Kay enjoys most sports, she is a keen netballer and recently completed her first marathon.

Director of Health & Wellbeing - Sarah Powell


Sarah is Director of Health & Wellbeing for the Trust and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at FGS. She also teaches Health & Wellbeing and Science, with Biology being her specialism. It was whilst Sarah was working at FGS as a Head of House that her interest and passion for health and wellbeing developed.

She is a Mental Health First Aid Champion for young people. She develops and delivers the Trust’s CPD offer to senior leaders, teachers, managers and school staff from across Greater Manchester.

Sarah has utilised the views of the whole school community, as well as survey data and wider research to write our Health & Wellbeing curriculum and has ensured we have the correct provision in place to meet the requirements of being accredited with the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Sarah regularly takes students on Outward Bound and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Outside of school Sarah has an array of interests including hockey, climbing, running and enjoys walking in the outdoors.