Meet The Team

Ruth Brunton

Chief Executive Officer

I joined Brighter Futures in 2016 as the CEO when I moved to Jersey.

I have a breadth of experience working with children and young people from a range of multi-agency and statutory roles within the public and voluntary sectors including teaching,  School Improvement, Overcoming Barriers to Learning, Cross Phase Multi-Disciplinary Area Groups; School to school system leadership; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Inclusion and Participation, Transition, Education At Home,  Multi Agency Safeguarding, Family STEPs (Solutions Towards Everyday Problems); 14 – 25 Partnership, Family Learning, Adult Basic Education; English for Speakers Other Languages (ESOL);  Post-16, Further and Higher Education.

I have a degree in Psychology, Human Communication and Education and post graduate qualifications in Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Counselling Skills; Teaching and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

Every day at Brighter Futures is different but the absolute best part is seeing the children grow and flourish and seeing families making changes so that they can create their brighter future.

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Fiona Brennan

Brighter Futures Manager

I joined Brighter Futures in July 2008 as a facilitator, which involved running courses and groups for families, as well as working as a key worker for a number of clients. As a key worker, the facilitator works closely with clients to support them and their families on their journey with Brighter Futures, which is known as 'The Journey to Well-being'.

I was appointed manager for Brighter Futures in May 2010, gaining a Diploma in Team Leading with the Chartered Institute of Management. As manager I am required to co-ordinate the operational aspect of the charity whilst also organising fundraising events, profile raising events etc.

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Samantha McManus


I joined Brighter Futures in 2017 having previously worked in the care and finance sectors.


My role requires me to deal with any HR and administrative duties and is a varied and interesting role which keeps me busy.


I am very proud to be a part of such a fantastic charity like Brighter Futures and work with such a great team.

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Judith Hanson

Community Engagement Officer

Having joined Brighter Futures in 2018, Judith has undertaken the role of Community Engagement Officer with full enthusiasm and flair.  Having worked in the hospitality and events industry most of her career, her transferable skills have been put to full use in raising funds and awareness for Brighter Futures.

“Brighter Futures is such a great diverse charity that is really close to my heart.  Fusing fundraising and event planning really is the ideal job for me and is incredibly rewarding”


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Sharon Betts

Community Engagement Officer

After returning to Jersey in 2014 I became actively involved with Brighter Futures as an Ambassador, member of the Fundraising Committee and latterly as a Community Engagement Officer.

I am a well qualified and experienced teacher in the Post 16 Sector and Community Education with widening participation and inclusion the overall focus of my career to date.

I have also worked and progressed to a high level within the voluntary sector for The Prince’s Trust, Co opted Vice Chair of Governors and as a Educator within a Residential Treatment Centre.  I held these positions for a number of years and feel these were honourable posts.

The second chance learning and well being programmes that Brighter Futures offer build and strengthen the capacity of our local residents, working alongside community agencies and institutions to enable them the opportunity to become active partners in addressing community concerns. 

My work with Brighter Futures brings together my academic background, determination and commitment to see a fairer society that supports families to create the brighter futures they want for themselves and their children. 

By working together we can make a difference to many of the social problems that families face on a daily basis and it is Brighter Futures job to facilitate that ambition. 

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Lauren Maggs

Key worker

I joined the Brighter Futures family in 2018 and have worked with families for over 12 years in numerous roles including Children Services, the Youth service and as a deputy manager of a nursery.

My passion is Child development and I gained a Childhood Studies degree in 2012. 

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Growing Together lead and take great pleasure in watching the children flourish alongside their parents/carers.

I am so proud to be part of such an amazing organisation that supports families to reach their full potential.


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Tina Scott

Family Outreach Worker & Parent Champion co-ordinator

I joined the Brighter Futures team in September 2018 as the new Outreach Support Worker. I previously worked, with families, in some of the islands Primary Schools as a Jelly Facilitator (Jersey Early Learning and Literacy Years) for Parenting Support Services.

I am part of the Growing Together team and have taken on the role of Parent Champion co-ordinator.

My passion is Wellbeing and I am the joint lead on our Relaxation and Heartmath programme.  I am eager to develop my role to support and understand the issues that our families face on a daily basis. With the flexibility that my role offers, I can go out into the community to support some of our clients on their journey to Wellbeing.

I love helping people and I am very proud to work within such a supportive and caring team for a fantastic charity.

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Joy O'Gorman

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I became a teaching assistant at a secondary school working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties for four years and left this position to have my second child.

During this time I studied Psychology to A Level qualification at night school. When my son started nursery I went back to college full time and undertook BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences which I completed in 2010.

I initially joined Brighter Futures as a volunteer in October 2010, and became a facilitator in 2011.  I have trained as a facilitator for Steps and Circle of Security.

In my time at Brighter Futures I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many families.  The best thing about working here is that no two days are the same.  The job is varied and the diversity makes it challenging and enjoyable.

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Laura Elcock

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I started at Brighter Futures in early 2014, taking the role of Key worker. I love working with the families within my client base, it is a very rewarding and satisfying charity to work within.

I am a fully trained Early Years practitioner, completing my training through Highlands College. I have been working in nursery environments since 2002.

I have completed Child Protection Training, First Aid, Language for Life and Forest School Level 1.

My passion is children's wellbeing and especially Forest School sessions, where we use outdoor environments to enhance the child's development, language, confidence and general life skills.

I also oversee the crèche within The Bridge, ensuring it is a safe and welcoming environment, providing quality care.

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Sarah Kennedy

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I am a keyworker to a number of clients at Brighter Futures offering guidance and support and 1:1's.  Being a Keyworker involves providing a safe, non-judgmental, empathic and understanding space for my clients and being on hand to support and assist their wellbeing.  I also work alongside other agencies such as schools, Social Security, Childrens Services etc with regards to the families I work with.

Outside of work I am a Qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and at Brighter Futures I co-facilitate various groups and programmes which have included the Wants & Wishes Self Awareness Programme, Making Changes confidence building programme , Mellow Parenting (alongside CAMHS) ,Circle of Security Parenting Programme,  Mindfulness & Keep Fit. My favourite programme is the  Drama Group I facilitate alongside Daniel Austin (Director of the Art Centre) and I am looking forward to performing our fourth performance at The Art Centre.

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Margaret Bailey

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I have worked for Brighter Futures since 2008, having previously worked as a JELLY (Jersey Early Learning and Literacy Years) Facilitator for the Parenting Support Team.

I studied Child Development at Highlands College and I have also attended numerous 'in house' and external training courses to keep me up to date with the current trends and theories.

I am a qualified IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) Instructor.

The purpose of infant massage is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the community.

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Carla Brito

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I began my journey with Brighter Futures in 2010, when I attended Growing Together with my son and went on to complete a number of well-being and parenting courses including Heart Math, Quiet Place, Wants and Wishes, Study Group GT, Circle of Security and The Making Changes Steps Programme.

I became a volunteer in January 2013, helping in Growing Together and in Crèche.  In April 2013, I became a Trainee Keyworker and completed The Working with Parents diploma as well as numerous Safeguarding and Child Protection courses and became a qualified Keyworker in 2015.

I am a happy, energetic person and I thoroughly enjoy taking part in activities with children as well as interacting with parents and carers and I facilitate several courses and groups.  I am keen to continue to develop in my role in order to support our families.  I have completed numerous courses including Level 1 Theraplay, Mental Health First Aid and various other training courses such as Women’s Refuge - Domestic Abuse, Drug and Alcohol, Jersey’s Children First and Safeguarding.

The support I received from Brighter Futures changed my life and gave me confidence again, having been a client myself I have an understanding of both sides and I am so happy to continue to be a part of the Brighter Futures team and give a little back of what I received through my own Journey to well-being.

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Natalie De Sousa

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I joined the Brighter Futures team in 2012 as a volunteer and then as a trainee keyworker in 2013.

I qualified as a keyworker in 2016 after undertaking my working with parent’s qualification.

I co- facilitate personal development programmes such as, Making Changes and the Mellow Parenting course which runs in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to support parents and their children make positive changes within their family relationships.

I am also part of the parent/carer & child groups such as Growing Together and Physibods team which are is stepping stone group leading the children from Growing Together to nursery.

As part of my role I have attended various courses such as Jersey’s Children First, Women’s refuge domestic abuse, Mellow Parenting, Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (R.E.A.L) and I am fully safeguard trained.

I enjoy supporting my clients on a 1-1 basis using techniques such as solution focus and taking them through the well-being programmes.

I love working for Brighter Futures and supporting families make a positive change in their lives.

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Michelle Hargreaves

Holistic Therapist

I have worked for Brighter Futures since 2010, having previously worked as a fully trained Reflexologist and Massage Therapist with over 20 years experience. 

My qualifications include NVQ levels 1, 2, and 3 in Aromatherapy and Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and a Reflexology Diploma and I have recently completed CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Skills and am currently studying towards CPCAB Level 4 Counselling Theory Studies.

I work with parents to focus on relaxation skills using massage, breathing techniques and visualisation meditation within the Relaxation Programme. I also co-facilitate the Wants and Wishes programme, a course focusing on client’s self-awareness, strengths, goals and skills. This programme enables clients to look at difficulties they face in their own lives while in a safe and confidential sharing environment. Throughout the programme we also cover various mindfulness art based activities whilst children are being looked after in our crèche allowing clients the time and space needed to relax and learn.


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Ivone Bertram

Brighter Futures Keyworker

After my children started school, I became a volunteer for the Brighter Futures, initially helping in the crèche and in 2010 I became a trainee keyworker. Since starting as a keyworker, I work hard to keep my training up to date and have completed the following: Safeguarding Partnership Board Training; Working with Parents – Citing Guilds Level 3 Certificate; Solution Focused  First Aid (Alaphylaixis); and Make it Real.

I qualified as key worker in 2013 and as I am bilingual I can communicate easily with other Portuguese parents and I can help them to express their feelings in their own language and help them to be understood. This unique perspective ensures that all families are able to access our services without fear of not being heard.

I love my work and it feels great to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life and have had a positive impact on families. 

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Michelle Filipe

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I self-referred and was lucky to become a client after having my daughter in 2012 and needed support due to post-natal depression and my rheumatoid arthritis became more aggressive.   

Having the support of my Keyworker, being able to access the courses available and meeting other parents, I starting to slowly feel like Michelle again. I also joined the Brighter Futures Drama group which really helped with my confidence.

I started volunteering once my Journey to well-being ended in 2014 and shortly after that I became a trainee keyworker.  In September 2017 I qualified and now run our Making Changes programme and oversee our Heartmath programme.

I am proud to be a part of such a fantastic charity like Brighter Futures and work with such a great team.

Being able to help others on their journey to well-being is such a rewarding job.

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Graca Ramos

Brighter Futures Keyworker

I have worked for Brighter Futures since 2010 which has always been a rewarding experience; every day is spent listening to new stories and dealing with people's emotions and life experiences. This allows us to value life and perpetuate the motto: "It's never to late"

I have a degree in French and Portuguese and I am a qualified teacher. At Brighter Futures I work with our Portuguese families, delivering some of our courses in Portuguese, as parents find it easier to access information in their mother tongue.

I have been on the Parenting Training Course's and have worked within the Growing Together Groups.

Working for this charity has helped me to see things in a different perspective which has assisted me to put myself in others shoes. It is so important to listen and be there for others.


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Holly Howard

Creche lead

I joined Brighter Futures in 2018 as the Creche Lead. I oversee the team making sure everyone who comes in to our crèche has a positive and nurturing experience. 

We look after children aged 3 months to 5 years, making sure they have a safe, positive area to play and learn whilst their mums are taking part in one of the programme or services provided by Brighter Futures.  

I love working with young children and helping them learn through play, especially singing and reading.

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Allison Pereira

Creche worker

Allison is a mother to 7 children and grandmother to 5 beautiful girls she.  Allison started as a client attending Brighter Futures in June 2008 at our Growing Together group with her 3 month old twins.

She has completed numerous courses through her journey with Brighter Futures and after the twins started nursery she became a volunteer in 2011.  She loved this and and continued to until finally becoming a member of the Crèche team in April 2018, a job that she still loves and enjoys. 

Allison sadly suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis however her job helps me her to be motivated and focused giving her a new lease of life.

"I regard the Brighter Futures team as my second family who give me love and support when needed. Without them I would not be where I am today".

 In her spare time she enjoys family time, reading, gardening and relaxing.


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Michelle Birch

Creche worker


Hi, my name is Michele and I joined Brighter Futures in 2018 to work in the Crèche.

I enjoy caring for the children and having a good old sing song .

Before working for Brighter futures I worked for New Horizons and the Government Jersey as a support worker for those with learning difficulties and previous to that I spent 19 years as a travel agent where I got to see a lot of the world .

I very much enjoy my job now and working with a lovely team and a great charity . 

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Jeannette DeGuelle

Creche worker

“Hi, My name is Jeannette and I work in the Creche.  My two children have now grown up and have blessed me with 5 wonderful grandchildren.  My hobbies are cooking, crafts and gardening. Having three rescue dogs keep me fit and healthy with lots of walking.  In the past I have worked as a Residential Child Care Officer in Halifax Yorkshire and also ran my own playgroup whilst  living in Devon.  I also hold certificates in general and drug and alcohol counselling and have worked with Victims Support. Working in the Creche is a wonderful experience which I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to every day.”


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Ife Omilo

Creche worker

Ife joined Brighter futures as a member of the crèche team in May 2019.

There she supports the crèche team in providing quality care for children, whilst their parent/carer access the Brighter Future programmes.

She is passionate about children's progression and loves looking after them here at the Bridge.

In her free time, she loves reading.

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