Local Governing Committee

Local Governing Committee

We would like to welcome you to our Local Governing Committee who are responsible for ensuring that PACA 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.

Parent Governor vacancy




Sara Hinchliffe

I live in Hove and want to contribute to my local area; I believe that the whole community should be involved in ensuring that our children get the best possible education.

I have worked at the University of Sussex for more than 25 years, both as a teacher and as a manager. I have also worked in continuing and professional education for many years, including stints as an educator of students of all ages and am a passionate believer in the empowering nature of education.





Appointing Body: Aldridge Education

Committees & Responsibilities: Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 10 July 2019 to 09 July 2023. 



Katy Whelan

I live in Brighton and am passionate about helping children from all backgrounds and attainment levels to achieve their full potential.

I have three children, one at university, one at sixth form college and one at school in Brighton. I spent nearly 20 years in the corporate finance division of Deutsche Bank, leaving in 2016 to focus on the education and charity sectors.  I was the Chair of Governors of a state secondary school in West London for four years and am a trustee of several charities.  I am also on the board of DV8, a media studies college in Brighton, and the London Film Academy.  

Appointing Body: Aldridge Education

Committees & Responsibilities: Trust Governor

Term of Office: July 2021 - July 2025



Robert Rosenthal

My interests are to enhance the educational experience of pupils, the inspiration and potential of teachers and the collaboration of parents.


I taught Geography at secondary and sixth form level for 21 years in Hackney and Islington, London, before being appointed to the University of Sussex as a Geography PGCE tutor in 2003.  Since 2006 my responsibilities widened to include school partnerships for all PGCE programmes, the PGCE (Pedagogy & Practice) designed to support SCITT Schools Direct programmes, the Diploma in Developing Research Leadership in Schools and the MA Education (part-time).  I also served as an elected staff senator for three years before retiring in October 2020. I remain connected to the University as an associate senior lecturer in Education. I have served as a school governor before, as elected parent at Belmont school Haringey and BHASVIC in Brighton, as well as a local authority governor for Hertford                                                    Junior School, Brighton. 

 Appointing Body: Aldridge Education

Committees & Responsibilities: Trust Governor

Term of Office: July 2021 - July 2025



Matthew Yeates

I live in Portslade and am a PACA parent that wants to make a positive contribution.

Matthew has worked in the local area for most of his life, for the last 13 years he has lived in Portslade and has seen many positive changes within the local community. He currently works within the rail industry for Govia and prior to this spent 18 years working within the Criminal Justice system in a wide range of areas.

Both of Matthew's children are at PACA and are making the most of the opportunities available to them. He is committed to ensuring that PACA continues to promote a culture of inclusion, creativity, social responsibility and academic achievement.


Appointing Body: Aldridge Education

Committees & Responsibilities: Health and Safety Link Governor

Term of Office: 22 May 2019 to 21 May 2023

Fran Carter





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Victoria Orchin

My eight years at PACA, and living within our catchment, place me in a good position from which to advocate for the best interests of the communities that form PACA.

First as a middle leader and subsequently as a member of the senior team, leading teaching and learning, I gained experience in working strategically alongside PACA’s governing body and the MAT.  As part of this team, I undertook academy evaluation and developed policy.  I was also employed as a Challenge Partners reviewer, in which capacity I supported other schools.  I will add value through incisive thinking; promoting reflection and challenging questioning.

Appointing Body: Aldridge Education

Committees & Responsibilities: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 01 March 2021 to



If you would like to contact the governors please email chairgov@paca.uk.com. Your email will go to Sara Hinchliffe, Chair of Governors.

Alternatively, please leave a message through the main switchboard on 01273 416300 and Sara will call you back as soon as he is available.

Register of Interests

Our Local Governing Committee register of interests and other statutory information is listed here.

Name Date Appointed By Whom Name of Business  Nature of Interest From


since 01/11/20

Mark Poston 01/09/2018 Aldridge Education Principal  Nil Sep 18 6/6

Sara Hinchliffe


10/07/2019 Aldridge Education Roedean School


Trust Governor 

Oct 21

Matthew Yeates 22/05/2019 Aldridge Education None 6/6
Victoria Orchin 01/03/2021 Aldridge Education None Employee   4
Fran Carter 14/12/2021 Aldridge Education 1
Dr Robert Rosenthal 01/07/2021 Aldridge Education 3
Katy Whelan 01/07/2021 Aldridge Education London Fil Academy Independent Director Nov 20 3

 Governors who served but have subsequently stood down.

Name LGC Role Attendance
Steph Bower Staff Governor stepped down 31/3/21 2/2
Sarah Jennings Sponsor Governor and Joint Vice Chair stepped down 4/10/21 5/5
Dr Simon Thomson Trust Governor 2 / 5
Cllr Peter Atkinson Co-Opted Governor

1 / 1

Peter Wylie Chair of Governors


Rachael Taylor Parent Governor Resigned 10/1/22

Alex Strangeways-Booth Local Governor stepped down 21/07/21