Together we Exceed

Trust Members

Mr. Brent Fitzpatrick MBE

Brent has been a school governor in a wide range of schools, including secondary, primary, special, and academy schools as well as pupil referral units, and he sits on his local schools’ forum. He has developed his skills with a diploma in school governance from Bradford University. With a particular interest in finance and experience being a member of the Audit Committee Institute, Brent sits on the finance committee at each of his schools. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Brent was awarded an MBE for services to education.

Gillian Johnson FCA

Gillian has over 20 years’ experience in Corporate and strategic development. Commercially focussed and financially astute has proven experience in developing and implementing change initiatives together with delivering outstanding results. Gillian is also a Non Exec Director of various Charities and is the Founder President of Leeds White Rose Rotary Club.

Cllr Dale Smith

A former Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Dale Smith has always been interested in education and has been directly involved one way or another since he was first elected to the Ilkley Council in 1963. He believes that education is the ‘door opener’ to the future. Dale is a committed Conservative Councillor and sits on the board of 5 other schools within the Bradford district.

John Bracewell

Born and raised in Bradford and educated at Bradford Grammar School and then Cambridge University, John obtained a PGCE before working for over 30 years in local Government in Leeds and Hull and also in the voluntary sector. John’s career mainly covered work with young people, community based regeneration of deprived areas and management of area based community services. Since 2014 John has been a self employed foster carer.

 Sean Smith

Sean has a strong criminal and regulatory practice. As a former managing partner of a leading criminal law firm in Yorkshire, Sean has amassed significant experience in high level criminal cases. A former solicitor advocate, Sean appreciates the needs and demands of solicitors from his first-hand experience. He understands the importance of early contact in order to establish a strong working relationship, and has excellent practical knowledge of all stages of a case.

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Children playing at one of our Exceed schools

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