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: As above

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, Trustee of Carers Resource, Trustee of Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation, Board Member of Bradford Opportunity Area, Member of State Honours Committee, Member of Race Disparity Group 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.

William Nabarro (Chair)

Date of appointment: 23 May 2017

William was a city merchant banker advising companies and other organisations on strategy. For 9 years he was a Non-Executive Director of ICAP plc, one of the World’s largest financial broking groups. He has undertaken various roles in public sector bodies and served as member of Council and then Treasurer of the University of Leeds. In 2001 he joined Jardine Lloyd Thompson PLC (JLT), an international insurance broking group, serving as Group Commercial Director. He re-joined JLT in 2015 and is now Senior Adviser to the Group CEO, with specific responsibility for Group strategy.

Between 2010 and 2015, William first trained as a secondary school teacher and then taught English at schools in Bradford and Skipton.

Declarations of interest: Jardine Lloyds Thompson Group PLC

Gareth Davies

Date of appointment: 15th March 2017

Gareth’s skills and expertise include International trade, leadership, management of multi million pound budgets and resources, finance, IT and VLE technology, human resources, public sector and company and school governance

Declarations of interest: Managing Director of Frog Education Ltd, Trustee of DMI Community Centre,  Trustee of Trinity MAT

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, 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


Louis Harvey

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: West & North Yorkshire Magistrates Advisory Committee

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

Jeremy Townend

Date of appointment: 13 December 2016

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, Trustee of Batley MAT, Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Society for Education and Training

Wahid Zaman (ex officio)

Date of appointment: 13 December 2016

Trust CEO and Accounting Officer

Declarations of interest: as above