Steven Downham-Clarke joins Elaine Bain Family Trust

Date published: 24 January 2024

Steven Downham-Clarke will be joining the Elaine Bain Family Trust (EBFT) team on a full-time basis from January 2024.

Steven has been a trustee for over a year and will now assist in guiding the future development and ambitions of the charity as its development lead.

Steven has worked extensively in education, locally in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. More recently, he has been vice principal and deputy chief executive of Myerscough Further Education College and University Centre in Lancashire for the last five years.

With vast experience in all aspects of education, including practical curriculum development and employer engagement, Steven has a thorough understanding of the challenges facing children in the area.

He has spent most of his life in Rochdale and surrounding areas, making him an ideal advocate for the children involved with EBFT.

Steven said: "Following five successful years working with a great team at Myerscough Further Education College and HE Centre, I am honoured and excited to meet new colleagues and start my new role with EBFT."

Elaine Bain Family Trust logo
Elaine Bain Family Trust logo


EBFT is a self-funded charity, established in 2011, based in Castleton and fully supported by Albany Products Ltd.

It strives to assist children in the metropolitan borough of Rochdale to develop their capabilities, helping them in achieving academic and social aspirations as they mature as members of society.

Through its ties with schools in the area, EBFT currently offers a wide variety of enhancement activities ranging from visits to educational and activity centres as well as places of interest, in the Manchester area, to cooking, photography, horticulture, music, and arts and crafts.

General health and well-being, skills development, sustainability and supporting young people to progress and maximise their aspirations are at the forefront of all the charity’s support.


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In 2024, EBFT will be investing significantly in technology that will allow it to broaden the scope of activity it is able to offer children participating in its programmes.

The resulting assistance with the development of skills that allow students to access links to possible career opportunities or further education make for exciting times ahead.

Steven will work alongside Travis Townsend, who will continue to lead the groups that join EBFT, and Keith Courtney, EBFT head trustee, as the charity focuses on improving opportunities afforded to Rochdale children who need it most.

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