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Pam Burton

Chair of Trustees, Academy Member and interim Chair of Siddal LGB

I am chair of the Brighter Futures Academy Trust Board and have been a governor for several years, first at Siddal and now within the Trust. I have been involved in primary education for many years and as a head teacher in the latter stages of my career. In 2014 I was designated as a National Leader in Governance. This supports me in my role as chair of Trustees of Brighter Futures Academy Trust to ensure all pupils receive the best education possible. It also means I can be asked to support other schools if they need help with their governance. If you have any questions regarding the Trust, please use the contact email address.

Richard Gurteen

Co-opted Trustee

I have lived in Siddal for the last 24 years and since having recently joined the Brighter Futures Academy Trust as a Co-opted Director, I felt I wanted to help and support our local community. My wife and I have two sons, both of whom attended Siddal Primary School. The first 22 years of my working life were spent in engineering and the last 13 have been in banking. Having not been directly involved in the education system other than as a parent, I feel that I can offer a different perspective on some of the proposals and suggestions brought forward. My job in the bank does not allow me as much time as I would like to spend in school but as a bank employee we also have a commitment to helping in local communities. Although these are early days for me as a Trustee, I have seen that Brighter Futures is committed to provide its pupils with the best grounding in their early education and preparation for their future. Over time I hope to be able to spend more time helping in our schools and I am extremely happy to be given the opportunity to help make our Trust a success.

Jane George

Chair of Field Lane LGB and Academy Trustee

I came to education as a second career. My interest developed when my own children were very young. I volunteered in care and education settings, helped on management committees and developed a real enthusiasm for helping young children to develop and learn. I worked with voluntary settings across West Yorkshire to help them to improve the quality of the experiences they were offering to young children and their families. I feel fortunate that my passion has helped me to build a career in education and for over 20 years I have worked in Further and Higher Education. I now manage a HE department, which includes degrees in Early Years, Health and Social Care, Youth and Community Development, Social Work and Counselling and some Masters courses. I still enjoy teaching child development, research skills and continuing professional development. I have written and edited books on early years’ practice and research in early years; settings and I act as an external examiner for a degree in early years. I am interested in well-being in education and feel that learning through play is essential for all, but especially for young children.

Peter Foulkes

Parent Trustee

I joined the governing body of Luddendenfoot Academy as a Parent Governor interested in ensuring that all children at the school get the best educational and social start to their time at school. In transferring my role to Parent Director of Brighter Futures I will be continuing with this aim across all three member schools.

Venetia Knight

Chair of Luddendenfoot LGB and Academy Trustee

I have two children at Luddendenfoot Academy and became a Parent Governor in March 2013, taking on the role of health and safety link Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors later that year. I have spent my career working for the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork. As a Senior Manager I have experience of managing a broad range of complex programmes in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sector and specialise in running services that improve the skills and prospects of children, young people and adults. I became a Parent Governor as I felt that I could contribute a range of skills and knowledge from my working life such as HR policy and practise, health and safety management, resource procurement and business management. Through my work, I have supported and employed a large number of adults and young people, including ex-offenders that have experienced a lot of challenges in their lives including poor literacy and academic attainment and a negative experience of school. I therefore bring a commitment to the role of Parent Governor in ensuring that all children enjoy and achieve at primary school to give them the very best chance of making the most of their future education and transition into adult life. I am also keen to see improvements in the development of the outdoor environment at Luddendenfoot Academy, using my prior experience of running a school grounds development programme across Manchester, to support both enrichment of the curriculum and improved opportunities for sports and play time.

Mick Moriarty

Member and Academy Trustee


Roger Bottomley


  • Brighter Futures Academy Trust
  • Backhold Lane,Siddal,
  • Halifax,HX3 9DL
  • Email: admin@brighterfuturesmat.org.uk
  • Tel: 01422 354976
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