Governing Body



Antony Lockley

Chair

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.  

 


Brendan Loughran

Executive Principal


Brendan was the founding Principal of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy from 2007 and has led the growth and development of the Academy since it opened in 2008. Prior to this he was Headteacher at Westhoughton High School in Bolton.  Over the last twenty nine years, he has taught in five school across the northwest region in Knowsley, Trafford and Pennine Lancashire.  Brendan has always worked in schools facing challenging circumstances and believes any barrier a young person faces can be overcome and that to secure the best outcomes for them, nothing can be left to chance.  Brendan has modelled his leadership around the four strands that he believes 21st Century schools should have, namely improving academic success, promoting economic regeneration, innovative community engagement and a fully inclusive ethos, all underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach to education.




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.

Angela Neal

 

Angela is a teacher of Geography at DACA. Having worked in Darwen for over 20 years, she welcomed the opportunity to become involved in the Governing Body. ‘I believed that the Academy could make a difference to the people of Darwen, both now and in the future. To be a part of that is exciting. Darwen, and the Darreners, deserve the chance for this generation and the next to be educated by outstanding teachers at an outstanding school. I want to play a part in that happening’.



John Norris

John is a parent of 2 students at DACA and was elected to the Governing Body, this is his first experience as a School Governor. “I was looking for a challenge and the chance to make a difference, this opportunity really appealed to me on many levels. As a parent I saw a chance to influence the way the Academy supports student welfare and education, as an individual I could see the Academies potential place in educational excellence and want to see the Academy make a difference.”

An experienced operational manager with Virgin Media, his business role places him in a position that requires decision making and leadership. He sits on several corporate governance forums within Virgin Media which set policy and procedures. In a challenging technology industry, performance management and change are regular activities, essential to maintaining the competitive edge needed to succeed.


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.'

 



     

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If you require further information, please contact:

Val Townsend, Clerk to Governors

Phone: 01254 819500

Email: val.townsend@daca.uk.com