Professor Andy Large (Chair, DHPS Academy Committee) is a physical geographer at Newcastle University and has 30 years of experience in river science. His current research www.livingdeltas.org involves leading a large team working directly with communities and policymakers (>100 colleagues; 20 research institutions from 10 nations) seeking livelihood-based solutions for sustainable delta futures in South and SE Asia (Red River and Mekong deltas: Vietnam; Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta: Bangladesh and India) with an emphasis on better achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in the face of climate change and an array of human and physical factors leading to system-wide degradation and decline. Other recent research includes examining the effects of flooding from intense rainfall in the UK. Andy’s work emphasises the impacts of environmental change on society and he is always happy to explore this important subject with children at school.
Andy joined the governing body of Darras Hall First School in 2007, originally as a Parent Governor and has served as Chair since 2010, both in DHFS and latterly as we moved to Primary School status. Andy has served as a Community Governor and is currently a Co-opted Governor, and both of his daughters attended the school (Sophia 2002-2008; Emily 2004-2010). His proudest moment in more than a decade on the governing body has been the opening of our lovely new school building.