Our people

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

Our chair

Anne-Marie Canning Chair Bradford

Anne-Marie Canning MBE

Independent Chair of Bradford Opportunity Area and Director of Social Mobility and Student Success, King’s College London

“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

  • Duncan Jacques CBE, CEO of Exceed Academies Trust

Daniel CopleyDaniel Copley, NLE – BCWCAT Director of Standards – Executive Headteacher at St Cuthbert & The First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School and St Francis Catholic Primary School



Christian Bunting, Director, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance

Shirley CongdonProf Shirley Congdon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Bradford



Kersten EnglandKersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council



Mark DouglasMark Douglas, Director of Children’s Services, Bradford Council




Will Richardson, Senior Partner, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC)

Nick WellerSir Nick Weller, CEO and Executive Principal of Dixons Academies Trust, including Bradford’s Research School



Imran Khan Lab (new)Cllr Imran Khan, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education, Bradford Council



Mark Mon-WilliamsProf Mark Mon-Williams, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Professor of Psychology, Bradford Institute of Health Research




  • Vicky Beer, Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire
  • Naveed Mushtaque, Community Learning Manager at Horton Park Primary School
  • Linda Wright, Headteacher, Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School

Matthew LangleyMatthew Langley, Headteacher, Bowling Park Primary School





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.