Stuart Payne: Chair of the Board

Stuart became a trustee in 2013, having worked with Brightside as a mentor originally in 2007.

Currently Stuart is Director of Supply Chain, Decommissioning & HR at the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). The OGA is the regulator of the UK Oil and Gas industry, responsible for overseeing that the recovery of the UK’s natural resources and the helping to drive the energy transition – supporting the government’s ambition to move to net zero. Before joining the OGA, his career has been in HR both in the UK and overseas. In addition to his role with Brightside, Stuart has been a member of the National Advisory Board for Barnardo’s Scotland since 2018, including responsibility for the North of Scotland.

Stuart is married with two teenage children, holds a BSc in experimental psychology, is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and was awarded a CBE in the 2020 Birthday Honours. Stuart and his family (including their chickens) live in rural Aberdeenshire from where he is a passionate fan of Liverpool FC.

Rose Edmunds: Treasurer

Rose Edmunds is a chartered accountant and former partner of Deloitte with extensive experience in advising entrepreneurial businesses on business and tax planning strategy through all their key development stages. During her time at Deloitte, Rose also worked closely with HR in dealing with recruitment, pay reviews and employment law issues for a group of more than 100 staff.

Since leaving the profession, Rose has found a new focus writing financial thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her work draws heavily on her considerable insight into the business world and in particular the sometimes uncomfortable conflict between individual morality and corporate objectives. To date she has published two novels, with a third in progress.

John Selby

John Selby retired in April 2010 from the post of Director (Education and Participation) at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). John joined HEFCE in 1999, initially as Regional Consultant for the East Midlands. In 2001, he became Regional Consultant for the West Midlands, with lead responsibility for widening participation. From 2006 -2010, In his role as Director, John held responsibility for all HEFCE’s work in teaching, learning, and widening participation, and for the Midlands and Northern institutional teams. He also had responsibility for a number of key policy areas including HEFCE’s oversight of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the joint committee of the UK HE and FE funding bodies established to provide leadership in the innovative use of ICT to support education and research, and chaired the Performance Indicators Steering Group.

Before joining HEFCE, John worked for 26 years at Coventry Polytechnic/University, initially as an academic and course leader for the BA in Applied Social Science. He is a sociologist by background, with a PhD from McMaster University in Ontario. After a period serving as Head of Department, he became Head of Educational Partnerships at the university.

Since 2011, John has chaired the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education and, in 2015, became a member of the Board of Governors of Hartpury College and its Quality Enhancement and Standards Committee.

Rolande Anderson

Rolande Anderson has had a wide-ranging senior career in Government- she was Director General of the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office until 2010 – and now works as an independent non-executive. She is a member of the Bar Standards Board and Chairs its Equalities and Diversity Committee. She is a Governor of London Metropolitan University as well as a trustee of St Mungo’s, Volunteering Matters and Citizens Advice. She currently mentors on the Whitehall and Industry Group women’s Leadership Programme. She is an Honorary Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jon Beard

Jon Beard is the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and the Head of the Cambridge Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge, and a bye-fellow of Selwyn College. He has 20 years of experience in higher education admissions, recruitment and widening participation and believes passionately in encouraging bright students from all backgrounds to realise their potential. Prior to joining Cambridge in 2008, Jon worked at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, from which he also graduated with a degree in English History. Jon is originally from Ongar in Essex and is a Member of the Ongar Academy Trust.

Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne is a Director at Google Cloud, where she is responsible for the Learning Services Global GTM (Go-to-Market). This team aims to educate any learner anywhere on Google Cloud technologies, using both online and traditional classroom based formats to reach hundreds of thousands of learners. Louise has worked in a number of strategy and business operations roles across Google since joining the company in 2010.

Prior to Google, Louise spent a number of years at McKinsey & Co. where she consulted companies from a number of industries. Earlier in her career Louise established and sold a socially responsible business that was focused on the use of organic cotton and ethical supply chains in its products. Louise’s first role post university was as President of AIESEC Ireland, a global organisation focused on developing the leadership potential of young students through experiential learning and volunteer opportunities.

Louise holds an MBA from London Business School and an B. Sc in Management from Trinity College Dublin.

Chris Goodwill: Investment Director

Chris Goodwill is a solicitor specialising in employment law and a former partner at Clifford Chance. He is currently a consultant to both Clifford Chance and Keystone Law, an Ambassador for the University of Lancaster and has been appointed as an ACAS Arbitrator. He holds a law degree from the University of Lancaster and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge.

Since 2019 Chris has been the Social Business Trust’s Investment Director and attends Brightside Trustee Meetings in that capacity. He is also a Brightside mentor.

Chris is married with three sons. His interests include rugby, opera and architectural history and he is a keen user of online study courses. He is learning to paint and whilst progress is slow, he is enjoying the journey.