Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




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About Us

Trust Board

The Beckfoot Trust Board of Directors/Trustees are:

  Role  Date of appointment Term of office
Jenny Cryer  Director 01/09/2019  19/10/2027
Surita Dalal-Wilson   Director 01/09/2019  19/10/2027
Ryan Dolan Director 09/12/2022 08/12/2026
Diane Fairfax Director 01/09/2021 31/08/2025
Andrew Fulton Director 10/05/2024 10/05/2028
Homera Najib Director 01/09/2021 31/08/2025
Erum Pervez       Director 01/09/2019  19/10/2027
Yvonne Sinclair Director 01/09/2023 31/08/2027
Kim Tollervey Director  24/07/2012 23/07/2024
Shirley Watson CEO/Accounting Officer 06/04/2020 05/04/2024
John Winkley  Chair of Directors/Trustees 24/07/2012 23/07/2024


Directors/Trustees who have stepped down/left office in the last 12 months

  Role  Date left office
Michael Kelly Director 20/07/2023
Paul Speight Director 10/05/2024

To contact a Director please email Jo Whittleston -

A register of attendance by Directors to Trust Board Meetings can be found in the Annual Financial Statements which are available here: Financial Information

Other relevant documents linked below:

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Scheme of Delegation

Beckfoot Trust Governance Credentials

The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Board ensures it manages the three core functions of governance as described in the DfE ‘Governance Handbook’: 

    • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 
    • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff 
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent