Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Dr John Stephens CBE.
John joins the Trust from his role as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education, leading on teaching schools and system leaders in the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
He grew up in Salford and is passionate about the region, particularly about making sure that all young people get the best possible access to high quality learning. His career began in teaching before he moved into headteacher roles. John has held a number of governor positions, and has advised on school improvement across the full age range, from early years to post 16 and in the special school sector. He has been a director of children and young people’s services, as well as a volunteer custody visitor in Greater Manchester.
John is a volunteer with St John Ambulance, serving on the regional safeguarding team. He is also chair of trustees at East Manchester Community Boat Project, a charity which provides free day trips on Manchester’s canal network for those who are disabled or face socio-economic disadvantage. He was awarded a CBE in 2016 in recognition of his services to education and charity.
On his new role, John says: “I am delighted to join BFET as it moves into a new era. The Trust has built a good network of schools that are already working together to share learning and bring about improvements. This collaboration is something we will be looking to build on further.”
With a partnership of eight schools based throughout the Northwest, BFET was set up in 2011. The Trust includes a range of schools and settings in Greater Manchester and Blackpool. At Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, the Trust’s lead sponsor, there is a well-respected Teaching School, which has built mutually supportive partnerships with schools from across the Northwest to share knowledge, skills and expertise, whilst also investing in research and development.
John concludes: “I feel really privileged to have the opportunity to lead BFET. Like all other Trusts we face some important challenges but we remain committed to working constructively with other schools, trusts and partners in order to provide the very best for the children, young people, families and communities that we serve.”