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
Daniel Rubin is a solicitor and partner in the Employment Team at Knights plc. Daniel started his career at Addleshaw Goddard LLP and worked in London before returning to his native Manchester. During his career he has also undertaken secondments at AstraZeneca plc, Barclays plc, BT plc and MyTravel Group plc. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Daniel’s 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 – Chair of Audit Committee
Iain is the Corporate Finance Director for Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and a Chartered Accountant. Prior to MAG he was a Director in the corporate finance team at Deloitte and also worked at Lloyds Bank within its acquisition finance team.
As well as being a Trustee at BFET he was previously the Chair of Altius Trust until its merger with Prospere Trust, where he remains as a Trustee.
Miss Katy Clough – Appointed Trustee
Katy is the Group HR Director at Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC. She has had a 30 year career in Human Resources working in a number of different industries including banking, health, travel, IT and Pharmaceuticals. In her current role she is a member of both Remuneration and Nomination Committees and is closely involved in corporate governance. Katy has four children currently in high school or higher education and is passionate about accessibility of education to all children.
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.
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.
Mrs Maureen Whilby – Appointed Trustee
Maureen is an organisational, culture and people change expert having led significant transformation programmes for many Public Sector, leading UK and Global organisations. She helps to shape and execute the right strategies, develop effective strategic business cases as well as facilitating the development and continuous improvement of people capability.
Currently she is Head of People Change at DWP Digital supporting major people transformation, enabling DWP to become a world class digital organisation, delivering critical systems and services through its people.
Maureen is also a member of the Black Leaders group whose vision is to enhance student, employee and economic progression for BAME communities.
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.