Members & Trustees

Members

The Members of the Trust ensure that its activities are properly directed to achieving its objectives and are responsible for its constitution and for appointing the Board of Trustees.


Dana Ross-Wawrzynski

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski DBE


Dana taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and then at three different schools before she was appointed Deputy Head, first at Abraham Moss High School and then at All Hallows, Macclesfield. She was appointed as Headmistress of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in 1999. Dana is an appointed National Leader in Education with responsibility to support schools in challenging circumstances. She retired as CEO to the Bright Futures Educational Trust as at 31 December 2016.

 

Justin Kelly

Mr Justin Kelly


Justin is the Strategy Director of Siemens UK and Ireland Industry Sector after joining the company in 1994 with a BEng (Hons) on the sponsored graduate programme. Justin is involved in Siemens engineering skills focus activity, helping oversee the company’s schools, apprenticeship, university and graduate talent programmes. He sits on the Business & Industry panel of Engineering UK and is a Board Member of the newly formed Wigan University Technical College.

Mr Yakub Patel


Yakub is the Managing Director of the Cohens Group, one of the largest independent retail pharmacy chains in the country founded 35 years ago.  A qualified Accountant, he has been instrumental in managing and promoting significant growth of the business.

Yakub is a founding member and trustee of the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Founder of the Association of independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and Governor of the Bolton Muslim Girls School. He has been instrumental in setting up the ESSA academy in Bolton and is a governor of the academy.  Yakub was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton in 2009 and also an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

 


 

Trustees

The Directors of the Trust are responsible for conducting the affairs of the Trust to achieve its objectives.

 

Mr Yakub Patel - Chair of the Board


Yakub is the Managing Director of the Cohens Group, one of the largest independent retail pharmacy chains in the country founded 35 years ago.  A qualified Accountant, he has been instrumental in managing and promoting significant growth of the business.

Yakub is a founding member and trustee of the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Founder of the Association of independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and Governor of the Bolton Muslim Girls School. He has been instrumental in setting up the ESSA academy in Bolton and is a governor of the academy.  Yakub was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton in 2009 and also an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

 

Jo Appleyard

Mrs Jo Appleyard - Appointed Trustee


Having worked within the primary sector for thirty-six years across a number of Local Authorities within the North West region, Jo is passionate about primary education, enabling every child to gain the best education that is available to them.

Jo has been the Head Teacher at Elmridge Primary School for twenty years. In September 2012, Elmridge became an academy and in 2013 became an academy sponsor and Jo took on the position of Executive Principal of the Dunham Trust. The Trust now includes Acre Hall Primary and The Orchards Free Special School which opened in September 2016 catering for young people with complex needs.

As a cohort one Teaching School, Elmridge has been at the forefront of educational change and has also been able to support a number of schools as a National Support School, while learning much itself in its association with others.

 

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Mr Alan Foster - Appointed Trustee


Alan spent his early career in finance and corporate planning in the manufacturing industry before becoming Sales Director of the chemical division of British Aluminium. Before retiring in 2004, Alan was Managing Director of an international business manufacturing zirconium chemicals. He is a non-executive Director of NHS North West.

 

 

Lynn Nicholls

Mrs Lynn Nicholls - Appointed Trustee


Lynn is an experienced Head Teacher, having worked in a wide range of settings, including very challenging school environments, and has been the Head Teacher at Sale High School since 2009. Lynn brings a clear focus on school improvement through engaging stakeholders and embedding change, having supported school-wide improvement through the development of teachers and leaders both within her own school and in her support of SLE work across a range of schools.

As well as being a Trustee at Bright Futures Educational Trust, Lynn is a strategic Board Member of the SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) at BFET and Chairs the NW1 Maths Hub. Sale High School is a strategic partner within the Alliance for Learning.

Lynn previously Chaired Trafford Secondary Head Teacher Forum for a number of years and represents Trafford Head Teachers at the Trafford Schools Funding Forum. She also works within the Hamblin Education Trust supporting trust-wide school improvement.

 

Daniel Rubin

Mr Daniel Rubin - Appointed Trustee


Daniel is a Partner in the Employment Team at Hill Dickinson LLP.

He started his career at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, working for the firm in both Manchester and London.  Daniel has also spent time on secondment to a number of businesses.

 

Mrs Caroline Shaw CBE - Appointed Trustee


Caroline is an experienced NHS Chief Executive who has worked across a wide sector of health organisations. She is a Patron of the National Businesswomen’s Network and her awards include the National First Woman Award, Businesswoman of the Year Award and North West Inspiring Woman of the Year Award. Caroline was awarded the CBE in the January 2013 New Year’s Honours List.

 

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