Trustees are the directors of the Trust and are responsible for conducting the affairs of the Trust to achieve its objectives.


Daniel Rubin

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.


Jo AppleyardMrs 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.


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.


alan-fosterMr 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 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.


Lynn NichollsMrs 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.


John StephensDr 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.




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Summary of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, 15 December 2017

Summary of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, 23 February 2018