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.

George Murgatroyd

George Murgatroyd is a Senior Director of global digital products and marketing at one of the world’s largest medtech companies. He spends his time focusing on AI-backed solutions, to improve the training and delivery of healthcare. He has held multiple executive roles, including Vice President of Products at Digital Surgery and Managing Director at a medical data science company. Outside of healthcare, he has worked in the political, educational and charitable sectors. His Ph.D is from Lancaster University.

Having spent much of his career within the digital space, George is excited to join Brightside. He is looking forward to working with the team, continuing to inspire thousands of young people across England, leveraging the real value and accessibility that online technology brings.

In his spare time, George plays the drums. He listens to 1960s jazz, 1990s hip-hop, 2000s alt rock, and still dreams of headlining Glastonbury.

Jon Beard

Jon Beard is the Director of Admissions at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a world-class research institution on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining KAUST in 2021, Jon spent 12 years as the Director of the Admissions Office at the University of Cambridge, during which time the admission of students from state sector schools, low income, under-represented and ethnic minority backgrounds rose to record levels. Jon previously held a similar role at the University of East Anglia in Norwich; in total has 25 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. Jon has a degree in English History and is originally from Ongar in Essex.

Oliver Borm

Oliver is a Product Strategy Lead for a range of digital advertising products including ad effectiveness measurement, analytics, website technologies and apps at Google EMEA. Prior to his nine years at Google he worked for boutique consultancy Logan Tod & Co with many well-known ecommerce brands in the UK and earned an MBA from Imperial College. Brightside brings together Oliver’s passion for helping young people, mentoring and digital technology. In his spare time Oliver enjoys road cycling and travelling the world – currently not on planes – but cooking and enjoying an adventurous variety of international food and wine at home with his wife in West London.

Oniqa Siddiqa

Oniqa Siddiqa is on the Civil Service Fast Stream, currently at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a policy advisor. Prior to this, she studied an MA in Terrorism, Security and Society at King’s College London. Her motto in life is to ‘sit at the table, take up space and spit’.

Her passion for activism and representation goes back to when she was 11 years old and co-founded a youth club for girls in Tower Hamlets. She has over a decade of experience volunteering and participating in social mobility projects. Rather than believing social mobility is just about reaching ‘gifted and talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds’ she strives to empower all young people to view themselves as gifted and talented and confront their imposter syndrome.

Pam Sidhu

Pam has been a Journalist, Management Consultant and Chartered Accountant. She currently leads complex strategic, operational and financial reviews for the British Council. Pam has also spent a number of years at PwC, where she advised some of the UK’s leading institutions across the public and private sectors.

From the age of 14, Pam worked for a social mobility organisation in Birmingham (‘Voice 21 Magazine’) and went on to lead the organisation for 2 years aged 16-18, before writing for The Guardian, The Independent and Channel 4. Pam was shortlisted by The Sunday Times and We Are The City for their ‘Rising Star Award’ and named a ‘Founder of the Future’.

Rosemary Jones

Rosemary Jones OBE is an education consultant with extensive leadership experience in Welsh and English medium schools.
Rosemary is passionate about learning and creating positive experiences to increase learners’ confidence and raise aspirations. She has contributed expertly and enthusiastically to a wide range of educational initiatives She was the headteacher of a secondary school in Wales for twelve years.

Currently, as an education consultant she advises on leadership and school improvement in a range of contexts, on projects with local authorities, regional consortium and Welsh Government. She was awarded the OBE in 2017 for ‘services to education’.

After graduating in Architecture from University College, London, Rosemary initially trained as a teacher of Environmental Studies. She grew up in London, and relocated to live in North Wales in 1984.

Sarah Dauncey

Sarah is currently an education and research consultant with particular expertise in social, geographical, and educational equality. Formerly Head of Policy with the Bridge Group, she’s contributed to reports on the impact of financial hardship on access and success in higher education and on the role of careers thinking and planning ‒ across educational phases ‒ for social mobility. With a background as an academic in English literature, she has spent time teaching in higher education and in online learning contexts. She has designed and led large-scale collaborative learning communities for children and young people to develop their enquiry skills and readiness for higher education.

She is passionate about social and educational equality and is excited to contribute as a trustee to a charity supporting individuals to progress in education, training, and work ‒ regardless of where they live ‒ and improve their life chances.

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.

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