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Local Governing Committee

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

As a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools, our Local Governing Committee is part of the overall governance structure of the multi-academy trust.  Please see the Aldridge Education website for further information on Governing Policies and Accountability.

You can view our Governors' Register of Interests here.

Governor Vacancies

BACA’s mission is to ensure all BACA students benefit from an excellent education, secure great qualifications and develop into young adults who are the first choice recruits for universities and employers.

We inspire each of our students to take control of their education as they develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future. Through encouraging an entrepreneurial mind set, we enable students to thrive in today's rapidly-changing technological world.  We teach students to be innovative and resilient through promoting the Aldridge Attributes of teamwork, creativity, passion, problem solving, risk taking and determination in all aspects of Academy life.  

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have a strong business background to complement our entrepreneurial values and who have time, capacity and availability to assist with our local governance committee meetings, exclusion panels and appeals.

We have received three nominations for the two vacancies for parent governors on our local governing committee at BACA. We will announce the outcome following closure of the ballot on 31 May.


Paul Lovegrove - Chair of Governors

Trust Governor - Term 9.9.2021 - 8.9.2025. Appointed by Aldridge Education

Paul was born in Brighton and having lived here all his life, he has a real passion for education. Paul went to school at Blatchington Mill School and College at BHASVIC before attending LJM University studying Law. 

Paul has 2 children studying GCSE and A level courses in local schools and has spent his career in global further and higher education.

Paul has significant experience in both teaching, examining, and managing across further and higher education both in the UK and globally. This includes setting up and managing Colleges on the campuses of Universities (including previously with the University of Sussex) across the world.

Paul is currently both the European CEO and Global COO for Navitas, a global education company with accountability for 15 Colleges and campuses in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands. 

David Linsell - Vice Chair - Link Governor for Education & Standards, Safeguarding and SEND

Trust Governor (Sponsor) - Term 1.9.2020 - 31.08.2024 (original appointment 1.9.2016) Appointed by Aldridge Education

David started his career teaching History and Politics and later ICT at Chichester High School for Boys in David Linsell1981, 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.


Steve Saunders - Link Governor - Health and Safety and Careers

Trust Governor (Sponsor) appointed by Aldridge Education Term 10.12.2018 - 31.8.2022

Steve is a project manager for KSD Support Services where along with his role as Project Manager, he looks after the apprentices from the Construction Academy.

He started out in the science sector after leaving sixth form in Newhaven.  He studied Civil engineering at Brighton Technical College and later moved into the building industry in the mid-nineteen eighties.

He previously served two four-year terms as a governor of his local primary school in Newhaven and is a serving Councillor for both Newhaven and Lewes District Council, since 2007.  Steve has been Mayor three times, for his town of Newhaven.  He is a trustee of the CTLA Community Transport for the Lewes Area and helps many local community, sport and charity groups.

The chance to work with students in a working environment and help develop their skills, is what first attracted him to the academy and he is looking to work with the staff and student to find innovative ways to improve opportunities within and after education at BACA.

Steph Newman - Interim Executive Principal 


Appointing body:

Term of Office:


Principal / Head Teacher

By virtue of office


Head Teacher


CO-Opted governors 

Warren Carter - Co-opted Governor appointed by Local Governing Committee

Term 12.01.21 - 11.10.25 (previously parent governor 1.9.17 - 31.8.21)

Warren manages Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project which has been offering an outdoor education to pupils, adults with learning disabilities and others for over 20 years. He is Chair of the Bevendean community pub, a governor at Moulsecoomb Primary, director of East Brighton Trust and on the business panel of Power to Change, a lottery funded programme that supports community business.




Angela Arnold - Co-opted Governor appointed by Local Governing Commmittee 

Term 15.12.2020 - 14.12.2024


Mel Craven

Term is 3.12.21 to 2.12.25. Elected by staff

PArent governors

Two vacancies 

Parent Governor elected by the Parental Bady Term 11.5.21 - 10.5.25

governors in the previous year

Robert Speight – Principal/Headteacher governor – term 26.5.2018 – 18.2.2022 
Simon Thompson - Trust governor appointed by  Aldridge Education Trust resigned 17.11.21, originally appointed 1.9.2014
Toby Meanwell – co-opted – resigned 21.10.21
Allison Collenette – staff governor - resigned 31.8.21
Teresa Tang – trust governor – resigned 31.8.21
Anna Savage – parent governor – 11.5.21 - 10.05.22

If you would like to contact anyone from the Local Governing Committee, please email Hannah Irving, Executive Assistant to the Principal