Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Governors

We would like to welcome you to our Board of Governors who are responsible for ensuring that BACA provides a high-quality educational experience.

Dr. Peter Kyle – Chair of Governors

Peter was an aid worker for most of the 1990's, working across eastern Europe and the Balkans.  After completing a doctorate on community economic development at Sussex University, he co-founded a video production company based in Brighton, before going on to become a Special Adviser to the Blair government.

In 2007, Peter joined ACEVO as Deputy Chief Executive and went on to become CEO of Working for Youth, a charity helping the private sector tackle the challenge of youth unemployment.  In 2015 he was elected Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade. 

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Committees and responsibilities: Chair of Governors & Education Committee

 

Jim May

Jim is keen that young people have opportunities to succeed in life. As a Chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club, he is very pleased that BACA has a specialism in sport.

With a background in banking, Jim has many community links in the Brighton & Hove area and was Chairman of Shoreham Port.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Committees and responsibilities: Chair of Business Committee

Alan McCarthy

Alan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a career mainly in local government. He was Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove City council for four and a half years until April 2009.

Since retiring from local government, he has assumed a portfolio of respobsibilities including Chair of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Chair of The Basement and Trustee of the Brighton Dome and Festival Board. 

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Terms of office: 21.12.11 to 20.12.15

Committees and responsibilities: Vice Chair and Business Committee

Dr. Simon Thompson

Simon lives and works in Brighton and wants to contribute to his local community. He has been a governor at BACA since 2011 and seeks to support the academy in its drive to be an excellent place to learn and teach.

Simon was previously a history teacher in Brighton and now works at the University of Sussex as the Director of Initial Teacher Education. He is particularly committed to securing the best possible experiences and outcomes for all pupils whilst ensuring that teaching and learning remains engaging, challenging, meaningful and fun.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Committees and responsibilities: Education Committee

Sue Simmons

Sue runs her own company and works for the Aldridge Foundation as a Project Director on the Newhaven University Technical College (UTC) and Aldridge Centre for Entrepreneurship Studio School in London.

Sue’s background is programme and project management in local government where she has worked in housing, health and social care, delivery successful programmes of change. 

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Terms of office: 18.10.13 to 17.10.17

Committees and responsibilities: Business Committee

David Linsell

David started his career teaching History and Politics and later ICT at Chichester High School for Boys in 1981, during which time he wrote two History text books. In 1997 David became Deputy Head and then Acting Head in a School in Wigan.  In 2001 he  became Head of Ratton School in Eastbourne.  Whilst at Ratton he became a School Improvement Partner and a Local Leader of Education. During his time at Ratton they had four “Good” OfSTEDs, became the most popular school in East Sussex and gained national recognition for their values based approach to Education.  In 2008-2009 David was seconded to the DfE as a standards advisor in the one-to-one tuition programme.  He joined the TKAT Multi-Academy Trust  in January 2014 as a Director of Education with responsibility for schools in West Sussex and Hampshire.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Foundation

Committees and responsibilities: Chair of Education Committee

 David Linsell

Download BACA's Register of Governor Interests to learn the organisations BACA's Governors are connected to.

If you would like to contact anyone from the Board of Governors, please email Louise Baxter, Executive Assistant to the Principal at lbaxter@baca-uk.co.uk.