Trustees are the directors of the Trust and are responsible for conducting the affairs of the Trust to achieve its objectives.
Mr Daniel Rubin – Chair of the Board
Daniels wife is a Headteacher, having been in education for over 20 years, working in a variety of Local Authorities in the north and south of the country and in a range of diverse schools. Daniel has two primary age children therefore he is passionate about education and providing a good education for all.
Mr Iain Ashworth – Appointed Trustee
Iain is the Corporate Finance Director for Manchester Airports Group and a Chartered Accountant. Prior to MAG he was a Director in the corporate finance team at Deloitte and also worked at Lloyds TSB in its acquisition finance team.
As well as being a Trustee at BFET he is also the Chair of Altius Trust, which has grown from a single academy to multi-academy status, whilst also undertaking significant expansion of Manchester Enterprise Academy as well as bringing the newly constructed MEA Central into the organisation.
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.
Mr Tony Healy – Appointed Trustee
Tony is currently Chief Information Officer at Mobica, where he creates, plans and executes their IT strategy and roadmap, including the delivery of digital transformational technology solutions and enhancements of their cybersecurity footprint.
Tony has worked within high-growth global industries such as Distribution, EdTech, Pharmaceuticals and Technology amongst others, where he has performed as a visionary leader building high performing teams and built business-enhancing systems and services. Tony believes in establishing teams with core values of hard work, respect, and trust and encourages them to see the bigger strategic picture establishing reality and fact over perception and opinion. Tony is noted for his love of mentoring and coaching people, helping them to realise their full potential.
Tony has often demonstrated his value by sharing his expertise, for example, saving a business £3m in costs by bringing a poor performing outsourced contract with a global System Integrator back in-house. He has also propelled companies to the next level by successfully planning and implementing customer and end-user focused business-enhancing platforms and solutions across the USA, EMEA, and APAC.
Tony has earned his MBA in General Management, is an experienced Board Member, Advisor and NED for both corporate and charitable organisations as well as a STEM Ambassador and was recently selected as Chair of Judges for the UK Digital Awards. Tony is a committed family man with a Cricket-mad daughter, and when he is not supporting her numerous sporting events, you will find him enjoying his interest in clay pigeon shooting.
Mr Robert Leggett – Appointed Trustee
Robert is a serial Entrepreneur and Chairman of Omni Resource Management Solutions. Omni, a Sunday Times Fast Track 100 company, was established in 1998 by Robert and his father, with the simple aim of changing the way in which organisations recruit for the better.
As well as a Trustee at Bright Futures Educational Trust, Robert is also an Honorary Teaching Fellow and Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University Management School and a past Chair of Governors at Connell College prior to it’s transfer to The Co-operative Academies.
Mr Paul Moonan – Appointed Trustee
Paul is an experienced business leader with over thirty years’ experience of transforming and growing international businesses. He achieved success through developing winning strategies and building high performing teams. Paul now runs his own business providing executive coaching and mentoring services.
Alongside his successful business career Paul has always had a passion for the education and development of young people. He has been a youth worker, playleader, voluntary youth drama leader and girls football coach. He currently acts as a mentor for young people in education with the charity, Reach Out.
Paul has an MBA from Sheffield Business School.
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.
Dr John Stephens CBE – Ex Officio Trustee –
Chief Executive Officer
Dr John Stephens was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) in January 2017. The Trust is a partnership of schools based in the North West and is dedicated to providing a first class education for all.
Formerly a headteacher and director of children’s services, John spent five years as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education. He was responsible for teaching schools and system leadership, including National Leaders of Education and National Leaders of Governance.
Throughout his career, John has engaged in research into pedagogy, inclusion and leadership. He has undertaken post graduate study at the Universities of Leicester and Manchester and at MMU.
John has served as a school governor in primary and secondary schools for over 20 years, 10 of them as Chair. He was also a director of an academy trust.
He is a volunteer with St John Ambulance working on the regional safeguarding team and chairs a community charity in East Manchester.
In 2016 John was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recognising his contributions to education and charity.
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.
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).
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.
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. She retired as CEO to Bright Futures Educational Trust on 31st December 2016.