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.

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.

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.