Meet the team
Our staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and working experiences. We have over 30 years of experience between us, working with children and young people. across the Midlands as well as overseas.
Rachel Ortiz - Secretary
Rachel is a trained youth worker and has been involved in youth work for 20 years. She helped write the first 'Feel Good Factor' (FGF) for girls’ program in Burton. She has also launched several FGF train the trainer sessions for teachers and TAs, some of which are still going five years on. Rachel is a trained singer and tutor with PopUK, a Primary school SMSC/Pop singing project. She is married to Daniel and with four children and six chickens there is never a dull moment!
Liz Coltman - Tutor
Liz has had extensive experience working alongside children with emotional needs in schools for over ten years. She started out serving in churches, and has run youth groups, holiday clubs. and mums and toddler groups. She is accredited as ASPEN (Additional Support for Pupils with Emotional Needs) and has assisted in the creation and development of a number of Bright Futures programmes. Liz is married to Phil with two grown up children and is a Burton resident.
Daniel Ortiz- Tutor
Dan has been a youth worker for 17 years, starting out in Bolivia, where he was born. For the past five years, he has written and developed courses for Bright Futures alongside colleagues. With 18 years martial arts experience, he relished coaching children through the Ninja School program. He is also a keen researcher and loves measuring the effect of the programmes where they are delivered in schools. At the end of each programme, he shares his findings with the school in a final report.