Arlene Smith

Founder of Brightest Star
Doctor of the University
In recognition of her outstanding contribution and ability to provide hope, empathy and love through adversity, in memory of her son Jack.


Arlene graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 in Business Information Technology which allowed her to train as a secondary school business studies teacher. 

In 2012, Arlene sadly lost her six-year old son to a virus and this led her to found the Brightest Star Charity. Since 2013, Brightest Star has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to establish a supply framework for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. They have provided memory boxes, counselling and support groups to thousands of bereaved families.