The Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, a multi academy trust which is sponsored by the University of Brighton.

The trust’s Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the educational and financial performance of all of the academies in the trust; the trustees are the statutory governors of each academy and the company directors & charitable trustees of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Further information about the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s governance arrangements, including its Board of Trustees, Scheme of Delegation, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement, are available on the trust’s website.

A series of committees, including a Local Board for each academy (or group of academies), supports the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibilities.

Local Board

Local Board members are volunteers representing different aspects of the academy community including parents/carers, staff and local people. The members contribute to the academy’s vision and future strategy, ensuring they complement the trust’s vision and values. They are responsible for keeping the academy at the heart of the community, maintaining strong community links and effective communication with all stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees. Local Board members ensure the celebration of staff, pupils and parents and carers is a priority to the academy. They are also responsible for monitoring pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns.

Local Board members can be contacted through email at or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.

Our Local Board

Five co-opted members nominated by the Local Board Clare Hoggan - Chair of the Local Board & Safeguarding Link member
Sharon Sorrell
Rihanna Patel – Early years Link member
Anda Onu – SEN and LAC Link member
Adrian Sandiford
Robyn Dessoy
Leanne George
Two parent representatives, elected by the parents of the Academy vacancy
Anda Onu
One staff representative elected by the staff of the Academy Felicity Cottrell
Primary Academy Principal Managey Powers
Clerk to the Local Board, UoBAT Trust Clerk Caroline Spender
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Mrs Clare Hoggan - Parent Board Member

Chair of the Local Board

I was elected as a Parent Governor just under 5 years ago while my eldest daughter was in year 2. She was so happy at Desmond Anderson, that I wanted to volunteer my time to ensure she stayed so and that her sister who was just about to start would have a similar experience. I became Chair of Governors a couple of years later. Things have changed quite a bit for us over those years and we are now a Local Board, a committee of the Board of Trustees of UoBAT, this allows us to focus on school strategy and the school community much more than we were able to in the past.

I have two daughters, one is in year four and the other is in year 7 at Thomas Bennett. I have lived in Tilgate for 15 years. I work as a Broadcast Engineer in London.

Mr Adrian Sandiford - Co-Opted Board Member

I have been a governor of the academy for ten years and Premises Manager of the school for 19 years.

I have four grown up children who all attended the academy.

Mrs Sharon Sorrell - Board Member

Mrs Felicity Cottrell – Co-opted Board Member

I have been on the Local Board since I started as Vice-Principal at Desmond Anderson in September 2016. I have been teaching for over 10 years having previously taught in Haywards Heath and at another school in Crawley. I absolutely love being a part of the Desmond Anderson team and strive for all children in the school to achieve their best. Being on the Local Board gives me a valuable insight into academy governance and enables me to support academy improvement even further.

Anda Onu - Parent Local Board Member

Mrs Caroline Spender - Clerk to the Local Board, UoBAT Trust Clerk

Leanne George

Rihanna Patel

Robyn Dessoy