Governing Body

Antony Lockley


Antony was appointed as a Governor at DACA in December 2013, and became chair in 2016. He currently lectures in housing and regeneration at the University of Salford. Antony grew up in Liverpool and studied history at the University of Manchester, graduating with first class honours in 2002. He then went onto work for government, including several years working as a senior officer across Lancashire on regeneration projects for Blackburn with Darwen BC and Blackpool Council. In these roles he worked with others to successfully attract funding for multi-million pound investments in infrastructure, housing and economic development. Over the last five years Antony has committed a significant amount of his personal time to helping a number of social housing providers in the region with aspects of the strategic management and improvement of their organisations. Antony has specialisms in governance and effective performance management and is currently a co-opted member of a number of local housing providers, working closely with tenants and chief officers, including East Lancashire. Antony is committed to education and continual improvement, and singles out educational attainment and aspiration as perhaps the single most important issues in addressing social disadvantage.  


David Cane

Interim Principal

David has experience of leadership within a number of secondary schools including one which supported students with SEMH difficulties. He has led on all areas of safeguarding and pastoral care at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy since 2008.

David is committed to the inclusive ethos of DACA and believes that the entrepreneurial offer there has been the key to removing any barriers to learning. He remains a passionate teacher of history and still teaches the subject to GCSE and A Level at DACA.

Jackie McVan 

Jackie was brought up within Blackburn and attended Darwen Vale High School.  Her son is a student at  Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and her daughter is in her final year at  the University of Manchester, studying English Language.  Jackie is committed to ensuring that young people are empowered to have a voice and influence the decisions made within the school.  

Jackie currently manages the Drug and Alcohol Services for young people and adults and the  Well-Being Inclusion Team for the  Blackburn and Darwen district.  She is a member of the local LSCB board and is passionate about the safeguarding of vulnerable people and children and  improving the  culture and values within work and educational  places.

Jennifer Tipping


Jenny has been employed at the Academy since 2008 and has been in post as Director of Learning for English since May 2014. She is wholly committed to ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning is of a high standard and effectively embedded across all Key Stages, within the English department. Jenny has extensive experience of ensuring that the young people of Darwen achieve academic success on various levels, be it on a leadership, pastoral or more importantly, in her opinion, classroom level. It makes Jenny proud to know that year on year students leave the Academy not only having achieved their academic potential, but as fully rounded individuals with the necessary life skills and self-confidence to continue on their path of success. 

Glenda Brindle




Glenda was born in Darwen and attended St Joseph’s Primary School, Notre Dame Blackburn and The Harris College Preston before taking up the role of a Senior Fashion Designer in Greater Manchester for 7 years.  She moved into teaching in 1980 and over the years has held many areas of responsibility.  Her most recent appointment was as Dean of the School of Art, Design and Performance at UCLAN, Preston, and during her time there she developed the area of the Creative Industries to become one of the largest schools across the University.

Glenda has always maintained strong ties with Darwen.   She has held the position of Secretary for one of the local walking groups, the Spring Vale Rambling Class, for the last 44 years.  She is a Eucharistic Minister at St Joseph’s, Darwen and Glenda attends and supports as many local events and exhibitions as possible.

Glenda’s areas of involvement with DACA will hopefully touch on all of the areas that have influenced Glenda’s own career over the last 40 years - Education, Young People , Communities, Cultural and Creative industries across all of the Arts.

Glenda looks forward to her involvement with DACA over the coming years.


Sharon Walker-Smith

'I believe that every child has the right to a good education in an environment that is inclusive and supportive and which nurtures through both pastoral care and a strong academic structure, developing self esteem and lifelong opportunities for all children within its care.
 I have a daughter that is a student at DACA, and as such I offer a commitment to upholding the values and aims of the school while also seeing things through the eyes of a parent.
 I have a previously enjoyed a successful career in Retail management and have studied with the Charted Institute of Personnel and development in my current post as an administrator within The Diocese of Blackburn.'



Governance & Accountability 

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 at

Details of the Trust's policies that the school and our Local Governing Committee follow can be found at


Governance Documents


If you require further information, please contact:

Val Townsend, Clerk to Governors

Phone: 01254 819500


Antony Lockley, Chair of Governors