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Our 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.

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.

Nadia Hussain

Nadia has an excellent local knowledge and brings an extensive network of contacts to add value to the MAT and its schools. She has been immersed in community improvement work throughout her career and was Chair of Governors at the ‘Outstanding’ Copthorne Primary School for over 5 years becoming a National Leader of Governance during that time. Following the formation of Exceed Academies Trust, Nadia became a Trustee and spent almost 5 years in that role before stepping up to become a Member.  Professionally Nadia has successfully used her financial expertise to ensure excellent outcomes from a wide range of projects. This is exemplified through the various charitable and voluntary projects that she has managed and supported.

James Hyde

James is a solicitor and Partner at international law firm Eversheds Sutherland.  He leads the commercial disputes team in their Leeds office and the firm’s technology disputes practice internationally.  He advises local, national and international organisations on risk management issues and resolution of their complex, sensitive and high-value disputes.  He regularly advises legal officers, senior executives and Boards.  As part of this, James works with many academies, further education and higher education institutions. 

James was educated at a comprehensive school in Nottingham and the first in his family to go to University.  Because of this James is a keen advocate for social mobility, diversity and inclusion, and maximising opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential.  James has helped in this area over a number of years, through mentoring via the firm’s scheme linked to local schools, taking part in the firm’s Unlocked programme providing opportunities and insight to secondary school pupils, a gender equality advocate through the firm’s gender network, and currently mentoring an Oxford University student who grew up in Bradford from a socially and economically challenged background.  In addition, James is the Graduate Recruitment Partner for the Leeds office, a position he has held since 2017, working with several of the region’s Universities.

James has lived in the Bradford area since 2005.

Louise Ingham

Born and raised in Bradford, Louise has worked as a finance professional for 20 years.  She has a wealth of commercial knowledge and proven experience in working with numerous stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions.

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.