Meet our Team and Trustees

Our Team

Director and Lead Teacher

Mrs Karen Bryson is an Educationalist and BBC-trained broadcast journalist. After a 15-year career in the media, she re-trained as a teacher and taught across the higher, further, secondary and primary education sectors, before taking up leadership roles as a consultant.
In 2007, Karen set-up Bright Futures. Her strategic and operational work for the company, has addressed educational under-attainment, among diverse schoolchildren, from deprived communities. She is passionate about using education as a tool to access greater social mobility. This work has taken her to The White House (Click to see video).

Business Administrator

“Kristian joins us with 14 years of exposure working in the legal, financial and insurance sectors and experience working in Child Protective Services at Croydon Council. Having attended Dulwich College he is passionate that as many students as possible should reap the sizeable benefits of a private education. Sadly, this education did not stop him supporting Arsenal and Saracens … no one is perfect!”

Social Media and Admin Support

Kadian has been working with Bright Futures 4 All as a Social Media and Marketing Support providing marketing strategies. She has worked in Digital Marketing, Event Planning and as a Business Administration Apprentice. She brings creative ideas to the team and believes in sharing her passion to encourage other young people to succeed and reach their goals.

Teacher and Marketing Support

Zoe started working with Bright Futures 4 All in 2017 as an Intern during her summer break at University. Zoe has provided administration and marketing support whilst recently tutoring children, aged 4 to 8 years. With a degree in English Language and Linguistics, Zoe believes in sharing her passion for grammar and the power of the written word.

Administrator/PA to Mrs Bryson

Amelia has been working as a marketing administrator and personal assistant to the director Mrs Karen Bryson. She has a degree in psychology, and a passion for data analytics and management. Amelia has led on several initiatives at Bright Futures, including accurately capturing the thoughts and opinions of parents. She specialises in designing research tools that has helped to shape a proposed new model of schooling for the twenty-first century. .

Our Trustees


Ann Palmer
Chair of Trustees

Ann Palmer is a highly experienced and successful Education Leader and Consultant with an excellent reputation. Experience within education both broad and diverse, including over 14 years of successful Headship experience at both primary and secondary phases. Recognised ability to lead to rapid school improvement. Strategic and extremely proficient. Established Consultant, having worked across a range of schools, mentoring, coaching and training governors, principals, senior leaders and other staff. 

Anthony Neal

Anthony Neal is experienced in management accounting in the private and public sector. Since 2005, he have covered budgeting, business modelling, financial reporting, tax accounting, payroll accounting, capital accounting and final accounting. He is a resident in Croydon from 2010 and was the Director of Crystal Palace Primary School 2013-2017. 

Bridget Myers-Reid

Bridget is a historian, currently specialising in Early modern history at Birkbeck College London (MA). Trained as a professional dancer at London's Laban Centre, Bridget has worked within the performing arts now for over 20 years. Her love and passion for the arts and young people have led to her running community-based youth events and dance classes within the community. She has trained her own daughters, who are professional actors, dancers and singers, appearing in major West End musicals (The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda). Bridget is currently co-founder of Way Ministries, a small but powerful church, where she works closely with its members to meet their full potential. Bridget also worked for 20 years as an employment specialist in community mental health outreach work.She rehabilitated clients in Westminster, Camden and Islington.

Patrick Clarke

Patrick was born in St Thomas, Jamaica and moved to London in 1969 to be reunited with his parents. He is the Director of Network Operations for UK Power Networks, the largest distributor of electricity in the UK. He has responsibility for 6000 people, £500m budget and the delivery of electricity to 20m people (homes & businesses) across the south-east of England, including London.

He is well known for his almost 4 decades of work helping disadvantaged people aspire and achieve their career and life long ambitions.

He is recognised for his business and social contribution to the UK; Prince Charles’s ambassador for London for Leadership and Diversity (2008), OBE (2012), Honorary Doctor of Engineering (2014).

He is the published author of “Made in Britain”