Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Governors

We would like to welcome you to our Local Governing Committee who are responsible for ensuring that BACA provides a high-quality educational experience.

Jim May - Chair of Governors

Jim lives in Brighton and after serving as Governor at BACA for six years was appointed Chairman of the Local Governing Committee in May 2017. He is very keen that young people are given the best opportunity to succeed in life.

With a background in banking, Jim has many community links in the City and in Sussex. He was Chairman of Shoreham Port, as well as serving on Boards in the NHS and a law firm, and is Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.

Jim stood down as Chairman of Sussex Cricket after eight years in 2017 and is very pleased that BACA has a specialism in sport.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Committees and responsibilities: Chair of Governors & 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 responsibilities 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 Education

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 Education

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Committees and responsibilities: Education Committee

Sue Maynard

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 Education

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 Education

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 Local Governing Committee, please email Marie Clare Leamy, the Clerk to Governors, at marieclare.leamy@aldridgeeducation.org.