Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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New Governors Join The Academy

New Governors Join The Academy

Two new governors have been appointed to join our Local Governing Committee.

Sue Maynard is a project manager who has 20 years’ experience of working in housing, health and social care, and latterly in education.  She has worked with educational charity the Baker Dearing Trust supporting London-based University Technical Colleges to open and assisted Ada, the National College of Digital Skills to its opening.  The college recently gained a Good with Outstanding features in its first Ofsted Inspection.


“As well as my deep commitment to education I have a great love of Brighton and am looking forward to helping BACA build on its increasing student numbers and superb facilities.”  - Sue Maynard


Steve Saunders is a Project Manager for KSD Support Services where he also looks after the apprentices from BACA’s Aldridge Construction Academy.

After leaving sixth form in Newhaven Steve studied Civil engineering at Brighton Technical College and later moved into the building industry in the mid-nineteen eighties.

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


“The chance to help students develop their skills in a working environment through our Construction Academy and is what first attracted me to the BACA. But that is just one of the courses BACA offers that give students the chance to combine academic studies with gaining skills in an area they are passionate about, from sports to digital media. I am looking forward to working with the staff and students to find innovative ways to improve opportunities within and after education for young people in our community.”


The Academy's Chair of Governors, Jim May said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sue and Steve to the team. Our seven-strong committee includes representatives of parents, staff and the community alongside experienced educationalists from a local primary school, secondary education and the University of Sussex. The governing body plays an important role in ensuring that BACA provides a high-quality education and reflects the needs of its community.”