The Members of the Trust are:

Dame Naila Zafar (Chair)

Date of Appointment: 19 May 2017

Dame Naila Zafar is a former Headteacher of Copthorne Primary School, rated outstanding by Ofsted, and has worked as Executive Headteacher across a number of Bradford schools. She is an Ofsted inspector, with experience of supporting the transformation of vulnerable schools through IEB membership. Dame Naila’s skills and expertise include educational leadership and management, community relations, international perspectives on education and EAL.

Declarations of interest: DNZ Education Consultancy Ltd, Governor at STAR Academies

Gillian Holland

Date of appointment: 12th December 2018

Gillian Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Bronte Academy Trust based in the Worth Valley.

Declarations of interest: Chief Executive Officer of Bronte Academy Trust; Governor at Pendle Academies Trust

Adeeba Malik CBE

Date of appointment: 19 January 2018

Adeeba Malik is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of QED, where she manages a number of social, educational and economic projects. Adeeba has won many accolades for her work, including the Yorkshire Young Achiever Award, Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Award, Yorkshire Forward Ladies Award, Pakistan and India Friendship Award, and the Lloyds TSB Jewel Award. In 2004 she was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to ethnic minorities and businesses. In 2015 she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for her services to interfaith and community cohesion.

Declarations of interest: QED Foundation Limited, Director of Network of Pakistani Organisations – UK; Trustee of Carers Resource; Trustee of Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation; Member of Race Disparity Advisory Group – Cabinet Office; Member of Honours Committee VCS – Cabinet Office.

The Trustees of the Trust are:

The Trustees are appointed by the Members, and their term of office is four years. The Chair is elected by Trustees for a term of one year.

Louis Harvey (Chair)

Date of appointment: 29th November 2018

Louis is an experienced manager with over 10 years leadership experience working for the Environment Agency. His key skills include managing finance, contracts, HR and change management. Louis has a number of years experience as a Chair of Governors within a local primary school and is a current member of the North and West Yorkshire Magistrates Advisory Committee.

Declarations of interest: Environment Agency

Ranjit Arora

Date of appointment: 16th December 2020

Ranjit Arora started her career as a teacher, progressing to teacher training and middle management culminating in Head of Department in a College of Further, Higher and Adult Education. She has worked for the BBC and authored a few educational and research publications. Once retired, she built up a portfolio of paid and voluntary positions as a consultant and non-executive member. Her appointments have been wide-ranging and an interesting mix of paid and voluntary work. Ranjit has been a magistrate, worked as a non-executive director at Bradford NHS Community Health Trust for nine years; served on the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee of the
Judicial Studies Board; appointed as a Governor of Leeds College of Music and chair of SAA-UK; worked with Learning and Skills Development Agency and as an Equalities Adviser with the Universities UK. She has also worked on a European project in Prague,
helping to integrate Roma children in the education system in the Czech Republic.

Declarations of interest: Trustee of Staying Put, Yorkshire based charity for Domestic Abuse; Governor on the Bradford and District Care Trust, Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel with the West Yorkshire police, Equality Forum of the Bradford and District Assembly

Irwin Robert Freeth

Date of appointment: 12th December 2018

Rob is the former Headteacher of Westminster C of E Primary School, Bradford which he retired from in 2016. He joined in 2005 successfully taking it out of Fresh Start and through successive good inspection outcomes as it expanded to become a large 3 form entry school. Prior to this he was Headteacher of schools in Calderdale and Hampshire and spent 14 years in international education as an Education Officer in Brunei and as a Headteacher in Qatar and Uganda.

Declarations of interest: Calderdale NAHT Branch Secretary; Mount Skip B&B Hebden Bridge; Deputy Mayor of Hebden Royd and Town Councillor; out of area primary school governor

Diane Hadwen

Date of appointment: 12th December 2018

Diane is currently a Post Graduate Researcher in Education at York St John University and additionally works part time in the Education Team at Bradford Cathedral. A qualified teacher, with a background in primary education, Diane has taught across phases. She has held several senior roles in teacher education at Bradford College, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Huddersfield and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Diane was Education Bradford’s Manager for Diversity and Cohesion and was a partner in the Diversity and Cohesion Works, a company specialising in practitioner resources and guidance for teachers. She has also worked as a manager in the cultural and heritage sector. Diane’s teaching and learning interests, centre around diversity, equality, cohesion, and curriculum development.

Declarations of interest: Bradford Cathedral/MMU, Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Liz Knight

Date of appointment: 1st February 2021

Liz is an experienced Human Resources professional, who has worked in the HR field for over 25 years, across a variety of different sectors including Professional Services, Brand Design, Business Travel Technology and, is currently a HR Director for a Cyber Security company.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, for whom she is also a Steps Ahead Mentor and Parent-Returner Mentor.  Her skills include all aspects of the Employee Life Cycle, including Employment Law, Employee Engagement, Learning & Development (particularly people leadership/management and coaching).

Declarations of interest: ECSC Group PLC, Chartered Fellow of the CIPD

Yaseen Mohammed

Date of appointment: 12 December 2018

Yaseen established YProperty Ltd in 2013 as a newly formed development and regeneration consultancy based in Yorkshire. Yaseen is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, and his experience includes roles in two Regional Development Agencies, Birmingham City Council and Bradford Council, and Bradford’s Regeneration Company.

Declarations of interest: YProperty Ltd; Trustee of Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

Tim Richards

Date of appointment: 25 June 2020

Tim has extensive successful experience within a range of large and complex educational settings; Headteacher/Principal 12 years, School Improvement Partner 5 years, National School Improvement adviser 3 years, teacher 35 years. Tim has experience of over 20 successful Ofsted and HMI inspections spanning his career and has continued to advice schools through the the recent difficult times.

Declarations of interest: Independent Education Management Consultant, Director of Hooked On Learning, out of area primary school governor

Pamela Smith

Date of appointment: 08 September 2020

Pamela has worked as a Director in both Public and Private Sectors and has experience in supporting and coaching at all levels in a wide range of organisations. She has worked with individuals and organisations to help them improve their performance, achieve their goals and true potential. She is a leader who works effectively in unpredictable environments and an efficient multi-tasker. She has expertise in strategic and operational planning, problem solving, financial management and organisational development.
Pamela has experience of teaching in the secondary sector and also in FE, with over 10 years of senior management in Further Education. Pamela has been a Governor with Delta Academies Trust for over 9 years, Vice Chair at De Lacy Academy (Secondary), Chair at Simpsons Lane Academy and England Lane Academy (Primary).

Declarations of interest: Director of Nosco International Solutions Ltd / Nosco Consulting, Vice Chair of out of area academy Advisory Board

Jeremy Townend

Date of appointment: 16 December 2020

Jeremy is a Consultant in Health & Safety and Employment Law, working with both private and public sector clients. He is a visiting lecturer at Angela Ruskin University Cambridge, and Leeds Becket University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Jeremy’s skills and expertise include employment law, Health & Safety, Legal/HR management leadership and Board.

Declarations of interest: JLWT Consultancy; Consultant at Employer Solutions; Advisor at World Bank (Women Business and the Law); Trustee of Batley MAT; Fellow of the Institute of Directors; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of the Society for Education and Training; Member of the Industrial Law Society.

Wahid Zaman (ex officio)

Date of appointment: 13 December 2016

Trust CEO and Accounting Officer

Declarations of interest: NAHT Executive Committee Member

Members/Trustees who served within the last 12 months:


Trustee Gareth Davies, resigned 16/12/2020, declarations of interest: Managing Director of Frog Education Ltd; Trustee of Denholme Mechanics Institute; Trustee of Trinity MAT

Trustee William Nabarro, resigned 01/10/2020, declarations of interest: none