Meet the Team 


We are proud of our dedicated team of staff who are always willing to share their expertise and passion in their specialist subject. BACA staff are led by a strong, cohesive and determined Senior Leadership Team, who are driven to raise standards, making sure that teaching is focused on the individual needs, strengths and academic potential of each and every student at BACA.


Senior Leadership Team

Mr R. Speight Principal

Mr J. Collett Vice Principal
Ms E. Chafer Assistant Principal - Maths/Assesment and Data

Ms K. Paine Assistant Principal - Community

Mr K. Tipple Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

Mr N. Wells Assistant Principal - Culture and Ethos

Mr R. Hodgson Associate Assistant Principal & Head of Year 9

Ms N. Keene

Associate Assistant Principal

& SEND Coordinator

Ms T. McMullan

Associate Assistant Principal

& Joint Director of Learning for English

Ms F. Heerah

Associate Assistant Principal

& Joint Director of Learning for English

Mr P. Schofield

Associate Assistant Principal

& Director of Learning for Science


Heads of Year

Mr P. Williamson

Head of BACA College - Year 12 & 13

Ms S. Flynn  

Head of Year 11

Ms C. Lee-Falcon   

Head of Year 10 

Mr R. Hodgson

Head of Year 9

Mr J. Austin

Head of Year 8

Ms L. Ivins

Assistant Head of Year 7

Mr R. Harvey

Assistant Head of Year 7



We would like to welcome you to our Local Governing Committee who are 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.  You can see details of the Trust's governance here 

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

Start of Term:  01.05.17

Responsibilities:  Chair of Governors

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

Start of Term:  01.09.14

Responsibilities:  Link Governor - Education & Standards

David Linsell

David LinsellDavid 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

Start of Term:  01.09.15

Responsibilities:  Link Governor - Education & Standards

Jo Fish

'Jo is a parent of two girls who attend BACA and would like to be supportive to their secondary education by supporting BACA in the best way she can. She is a Deputy Headteacher at a local primary school and therefore has the knowledge and expertise of the Education System and understanding of local educational initiatives throughout Brighton and Hove. Jo is very passionate about education and has a background in supporting the most vulnerable children and those with special educational needs and disability. She believes in the best education for all! 


Category:  Parent

Appointing body:  Aldridge Education

Start of Term:  01.10.17

Responsibilities:  Link Governor - Safeguarding & Welfare

Warren Carter

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.


Category:  Parent

Appointing body:  Aldridge Education

Start of Term:  01.09.17

Responsibilities:  Link Governor - Community

Sue Maynard

Sue is a project manager who over the last 20 years has worked in Housing, Health and Social Care and latterly in Education. She has worked with the Aldridge Foundation on projects including UTC@harbourside and with the Baker Dearing Trust supporting London based UTCs to open. More recently she supported Ada, the National College of Digital Skills to its opening. She has been tracing her family tree and one half of whom are from Brighton which helps to explains her love of the city! 


Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Terms of office: 10.12.18 to 09.12.22

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Finance

Steve Saunders

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.


Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Terms of office: 10.12.18 to 09.12.22

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Health & Safety, and Careers



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

Please see the Aldridge Education website for further information on Governing Policies and Accountability.