THE FORMER chairman of Sussex County Cricket club has been appointed the chair of governors at a Brighton secondary school.

Jim May will take over the position at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA).

He replaces Hove MP Peter Kyle who held the role since 2010.

Mr May said: "I am really keen that young people are given the best opportunity to succeed in life.

"The school has transformed, not just in its teaching and learning but also in the entrepreneurial skills students develop."

Mr May has served as a governor at BACA for six years and is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.

He added: “At this time I would like to pay tribute to Peter Kyle who was an excellent and committed Chair whilst fulfilling other public duties.

"BACA recorded its best set of GCSE results in 2016 and was rated "Good" in all categories by Ofsted in December under Peter's stewardship. "

Mr Kyle said: “Even though I've stepped down as chair of trustees my commitment to this school is undimmed.

"In me they will always have the proudest of friends and the truest of champions.”