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Darwen Aldridge

Enterprise Studio
19 Police Street



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

Ian Clark – Chair of Governing Committee

Ian has been a member of the DAES governing body since the studio was set up, and became Chair of the Governing Committee in September 2017. He is really keen to promote the unique educational offer that DAES has, and believes the studio can be a fantastic educational asset for the young people of Darwen and beyond. Ian takes a particular interest in education, health and housing issues, and sits on a number of other boards in these sectors. In his day job, Ian is the Group Director of Strategy and Communications at a company with a £200m turnover operating across the North of England. 


Terms of Office: 21/08/2017 - 21/08/2021

Lee Berry - Staff Governor

I joined the Studio School in June 2014 as the Assistant Principal for Behaviour and Welfare. My day to day duties involve supporting young people and families with intervention strategies around behaviour, welfare, attendance and punctuality. I am the Deputy Safeguarding Lead for the school and I represent the Studio at most of the multi-agency meetings for children receiving support from Children’s Services. This includes participating in the formulation of support strategies for families in need within a multi-agency context. I also manage the Studio Schools attendance reward scheme for those with outstanding attendance over the academic year. I also teach A ‘Level and GCSE History as an additional subject with Year’s 10, 11&12.

Working at the Studio School was my first experience of working outside of Manchester. I was previously employed at the East Manchester Academy and prior to that at Wright Robinson College and St Peter’s High School. I also spent nine years at Manchester City Council’s Crime and Disorder Team in a management capacity, within the Youth Offending Service and the Challenge and Support Team.

I am a sports enthusiast and I currently coach Under 7s and Under 11s football teams in a Greater Manchester youth league. I am also a keen amateur cyclist and walker and I really enjoy these outdoor interests.

I am immensely proud of the Studio School and its achievements over the last few years and my own role in its continued improvement from a leadership perspective and now as a staff governor.

Terms of Office: 01/09/2018 - 01/09/2022

Jackie Furlong

Jackie has extensive clinical knowledge and experience having held senior nursing roles within a number of North West Trusts over the past twenty five years. Currently, Jackie is the Lead for Nursing Recruitment and Retention at Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Previously, Jackie was Chair of the North West Theatre Managers Group from 2010 to 2015 and now is currently delivering leadership master classes for aspiring operating theatre managers.

Since 2014, Jackie has been a Business Mentor with Career Ready, mentoring students. Jackie is also a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission and a Death in Custody Reviewer for NHS England.

Terms of Office: 01/10/2017 - 01/10/2021

Hayley Graham – Parent Governor

Hayley is a parent governor at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio and her daughter attends the school. Hayley is currently studying for her PGCE and will be a qualified teacher in May 2018. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant in both primary and secondary settings and has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the education system. In her spare time, Hayley is an avid crown green bowler and also enjoys reading and crafting.

Terms of Office: 01/03/2017 - 01/03/2021

Graham Haworth

Graham Haworth is the Company Secretary at Crown Paints Ltd. Joining the company in 1993, Graham has developed through a variety of roles including Finance, Demand Management, SAP System Integration and HR & Legal Director

Terms of Office: 21/08/2017 - 21/08/2021

Steven Phillips – Trust Governor

Steve Phillips is currently a teacher of Maths at  UTC Media city following 3 years at the Studio in the role of Director of Core Studies where he line managed English, Maths and Science. Steve is SEND link for the Studio.

Terms of Office: 01/09/2018 - 01/09/2022

Katrina Taylor – Parent Governor

Katrina is a  parent governor at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio and two of her children currently attend the school, having previously been home educated. Along with her husband, Katrina is a Director  in their IT solutions company. Katrina has been a Brownies leader for the past six years and volunteers at her local theatre a few times a month. Katrina has also volunteered in schools as a teaching assistant in the past and has experience working with primary school aged children.

Terms of Office: 01/03/2017 - 01/03/2021

Colin Grand - Ex-officio Governor

Terms of Office: 01/11/2017 - N/A