About Us

Our Team

Lisa Fathers

Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs

Lisa is the Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs and part of the Executive Team at Bright Futures Educational Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in the North West. She has had over 20 years’ experience in education, both as a teacher and in a variety of senior leadership positions including Associate Headteacher and Co-Principal.

Lisa is now an executive leader, serving on the Executive Leadership Team for Bright Futures. She also provides strategic leadership for the Bright Futures Development Network, which includes two large scale Teaching School Hubs, a Maths Hub, a SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) and the Alliance for Learning which provides school and teacher development across the region. Lisa co-leads school improvement work for the Trust as well as leading on Communications and Development.

Her particular areas of expertise and passion are change leadership, coaching theory and practice, wellbeing and partnership working. Lisa has coached and supported leaders at all levels and leads on partnership working for the Trust, working alongside organisations such as Teach First, Ambition Institute, the Youth Sport Trust, the Chartered College, and Mental Health First Aid England. She represents Education on the Greater Manchester Reform Board and the executive level Strategic Health and Wellbeing Board and has many Governance roles such as Co-Chair for Greater Manchester’s Mental Health in Education Board and the Chair for the national Well Schools Board. Lisa is also part of the national training team for Mental Health First Aid England. She was instrumental in the highly successful and ground-breaking Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme. Lisa is proud to be a Fellow at the Chartered College of Teaching and a Professional Associate at Leeds Beckett University Centre for Race & Decoloniality. Lisa is a champion of collaboration and whole system working across Greater Manchester, the wider North-West region and nationally.

Eleanor Davidson

Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub Manchester & Stockport, ECF/ITT

Eleanor Davidson is a Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub; she holds strategic policy oversight for the Early Career Framework (ECF) and Initial Teacher Training (ITT). She also has strategic oversight of the Manchester and Stockport Teaching School Hub as well as continuing to hold the position of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Director.

Eleanor has a breadth of teaching and leadership experience spanning a 20-year career within the education sector across a variety of age phases, schools, and institutions. She also has over 14 years of teaching experience within the secondary sector and more than six years of leadership experience within ITT.

Eleanor has held a number of positions including Assistant Vice Principal and Assistant Headteacher. She has a wide range of leadership experience in recruiting, training, and supporting trainee teachers and Early Career Teachers (ECTs), both within Edge Hill University and the SCITT. Eleanor has taken a lead on quality assurance across the vast and diverse ITT and ECTs partnership for many years, she was also part of the ECF early roll out across Greater Manchester.

At Edge Hill University Eleanor held the position of Assistant Head of Department (School-Based Training) within the primary sector and before this role she was the Director of the Future Teachers Programme; a programme designed to support Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Eleanor’s research interest is very much linked to the impact and effectiveness of the Pupil Premium funding. Schools in challenging circumstances quickly became Eleanor’s research focus and the use of Pupil Premium and the ‘closing the gap’ agenda became the emphasis of her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PG CERT HE) for which she was awarded a Distinction. Eleanor is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jayne Carmichael

Deputy Director of Teaching School Hub Trafford & Salford, NPQs/CPD

Jayne’s teaching and leadership experience spans a 25-year career within the education sector across a variety of roles and responsibilities.

She has over 20 years of teaching experience within the primary sector having held school-based senior leadership posts as well as a trust-level executive leadership post. Her areas of expertise lie within teaching and learning, Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Initial Teacher Training (ITT), assessment and Early Years.

During her time as a Senior Leader, in a previous trust, Jayne led the school’s application to become a cohort 1 Teaching School. Assuming the role of Teaching School Lead, Jayne expanded the outreach work of the Teaching School where she fulfilled the roles of a Specialist Lead Education (SLE), ITT/School Direct Lead, National Professional Qualification (NPQ) facilitator and CPD programme delivery lead. Jayne created and developed the school’s School Direct programme where she was accountable for recruitment and marketing, development of programme content/school-based training sessions and trainee placements. She took on the role of the lead school in visits to placement schools (lesson observations and mentor support) as well as managing relationships with Higher Education Institution (HEI) providers.

Jayne now has strategic oversight for NPQs across the Bright Futures Teaching School Hub areas and manages the Teaching School Hub KPIs for both Trafford and Salford. Jayne is responsible for the commercial CPD offer at the Alliance for Learning which includes various projects

Rachel Redmond

Commercial Manager

Rachel has worked within education for over 15 years, predominately working with groups of schools across the country.  Rachel has recently moved from the children’s Charity, The Youth Sport Trust where she was National Development Manager working with managers across the country to improve educational outcomes for children and young people through PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.

As the Commercial Manager at Bright Futures, Rachel plays a role in identifying, cultivating and securing new business, as well as managing existing work streams.  Rachel’s role is to lead the business and commercial services of the Teaching School Hubs, the Alliance for Learning and outward facing services.

Claire Critchley

Operations & Engagement Manager

Claire is the Operations and Engagement Manager across Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs and Bright Futures Alliance for Learning, responsible for brand growth and maximising operational excellence.

As a seasoned professional, Claire has over 20 years diverse experience in marketing & communications, event management and operational logistics within the commercial and education sectors.

Claire has a key role both strategically and operationally developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, developing and implementing processes and procedures to improve and execute operational efficiency; and supporting the Director and Deputy Directors through effective planning, communication and organisation.

Rachel Eppy

Programme Manager: ECF

Rachel is the Programme Manager for the Early Career Framework Programme and the named contact for Early Career Teachers registered to our Appropriate Body Services.

Rachel has worked in the education sector for 20 years, holding a variety of roles focused on supporting education and teacher development programmes. These have included working in Manchester Local Authority’s Education Department, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Education and latterly in Teach Manchester’s School Direct and Teaching School provision.

Rachel has previously delivered modules on the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership a forerunner to our new NPQ Suite. She is a Specialist Leader of Education in School Business Management with Teach Manchester and is a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Claire Whelan

Programme Manager: NPQ

Claire is a Programme Manager for the Teaching School Hubs, responsible for supporting the implementation of the delivery of National Professional Qualifications (NPQ’s).

Claire has three years’ experience in delivering extensive CPD programmes to the education sector. Prior to this she worked for over 17 years in the Civil Service, where she implemented and led teams on various improvement programmes and developed expertise in performance management. Claire has also delivered high level executive support to senior civil servants for many years.

James Moores

Digital Lead

James is the Digital Marketing Lead for the Bright Futures Education Trust, with a focus on the development network. James has worked within education for a number of years, he started out as a Marketing Apprentice at the ground breaking UTC based in MediaCityUK, where he then moved to become a Marketing and Communications Officer for two academies in Salford under United Learning, with one of the academies being shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year with the national TES Awards.

James also worked with Coronation Street’s and Dancing on Ice star Faye Brookes and at the time her partner Pop Idol singer Gareth Gates as the Operations Officer responsible for marketing, public relations and general operations at their performing arts school, Fates Academy.

Jessica Winton

Teaching School Hub Administrator

Jessica is the Teaching School Hub Administrator responsible for providing administrative support to the Early Career Framework (ECF) Programme Manager and Deputy Directors of the Teaching School Hubs. Jessica provides and offers assistance and support to ensure the smooth running of the ECF Programme, liaising daily with Early Careers Teachers (ECT’s), Induction Tutors, Mentors and Head Teachers.
Jessica’s background and previous area of expertise is mainly in the field of Human Resources and recruitment where she has over 14 years’ experience in addition to her Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) level 7 qualification with Masters in HR.

Katie Grant

Teaching School Hub Administrator

Katie is the Teaching School Hub Administrator responsible for providing administrative support to the National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Programme Manager and Deputy Directors of the Teaching School Hubs.

Katie has over 20 years administrative experience across a variety of industries but most recently worked at King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS) in Chelmsford, Essex as Receptionist and prior to that worked for The English Institute of Sport as Medical and Business Administrator based at the University of Bath.

Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs
The Lodge House, Cavendish Road
Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 2NJ