Our people

An independent board manages the OA, bringing together senior leaders from schools, communities, business, and central and local government.

Our chair

Anne-Marie Canning Chair Bradford

Anne-Marie Canning

“I am passionate about working with others to make Bradford’s social mobility aspirations a reality. I grew up in one of the poorest postcodes in Yorkshire and attended a school where fewer than 1 in 5 children secured decent GCSEs. My life was transformed by a university summer school and the brilliant education it unlocked for me. I share my story because it shows what is possible when people are given a chance. It shows that talent can be found in every nook and cranny – if you look hard enough. I have dedicated my career to helping talented young people from less advantaged backgrounds to access and succeed in higher education.”

Partnership board members

  • Christian Bunting: director, Bradford Birth to 19 teaching school alliance
  • Sue Cooke: executive head of economic services, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
  • Duncan Jacques: CEO and executive principal, Exceed Academies Trust
  • Michael Jameson: strategic director, Bradford Council Children’s Services
  • Paul Lewis: director of government relations, The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Adeeba Malik: deputy chief executive, Bradford Charity, QED
  • Mark Mon-Williams: professor of cognitive psychology and professor of psychology, Bradford Institute of Health Research
  • Will Richardson: senior partner, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC)
  • Janice Stephenson: head, Newby Primary School
  • Sir Nick Weller: CEO and executive principal of Dixons Academies Trust – Bradford’s Education Endowment Foundation
  • Cllr Imran Khan: deputy leader and education lead, Bradford Council

The meetings are also attended by the regional schools commissioner, the DfE head of delivery and area lead, who advise and support the partnership board.