Board of Trustees

Trustees of New Horizons Academy Trust

Simon Wood, Chair of Trustees

Simon Wood is currently Executive Headteacher at Copperfield Academy in Gravesend, Kent, which is part of REAch2 - the UK’s largest primary-only academy trust.  Previously he was the Regional Director of Education (East Anglia) in REAch2 and relocated, from West Sussex, to Suffolk in 2015, as REAch2 sponsored seven of the county’s most challenging schools; ultimately leading the work in 13 schools in areas of significant rural and coastal deprivation.

Copperfield is currently part of REAch2’s School Transformation Strategy, due to being categorised as ‘inadequate’ and being subject to Special Measures, following years of challenge and vulnerability.

Simon’s track-record in ‘transforming schools’ has led him to his current role.

He was educated at Calday (Cheshire), before graduating, with Honours, from the University of Brighton, majoring in Education; with Language, Literacy and Literature, Performing Arts and SEN as subsidiaries. He has over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, both primary and secondary; was a national specialist leader in behaviour and attendance, and has a successful track-record in transforming schools – ensuring pupils’ potential is fulfilled.

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Susan Main, Vice Chair of Trustees

Sue is Chair of Governors at New Horizons Seaside and was praised at the most recent Ofsted for her outstanding contribution within the Governing Body. 

She taught in a variety of West Sussex schools before retiring in 2009, however, she remains an active member of the local community and church. Sue has experience and training in terms of dealing with Bereavement and Counselling. 


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Rosanne Nulty

Rosanne has an established consultancy business, providing a wide range of advisory services to public sector clients, particularly in the fields of financial management, performance and risk management, and governance arrangements.

She has a passionate interest in education, believing that all children deserve a well-rounded and broad education that incorporates academic and non academic learning strategies, to get the best outcome possible for every child.  Rosanne lives and works in Worthing, West Sussex, with her husband Jonathan, who owns a restaurant and catering business and has 2 sons and 2 step-sons aged between 14 and 25.


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Peter Spruce

Pete works for HMRC as a Business Planning and Activity Costing Manager.  He was previously responsible for ensuring financial security and efficiency at New Horizons Seaside as Chair of the Finance Committee. During this time he has overseen considerable investment in the premises and enormous growth across the school.

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Andrew Tress

Andy is the Sales Director for Meyle UK and has been involved in the company since it was founded in 2009. In this time, the company has risen from a start up to producing an annual turnover in excess of £4m.  Andy also has first hand experience in school governance.

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Keith Nicholas

Keith has a wealth of experience within the education sector, having held senior leadership positions at Boundstone Community College and The Angmering School. He was made Assisstant Head at The Angmering School in 2000 and held this position until he retired.


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Alan Garrett

Alan worked as an independent businessman running a chain of family Newsagents for 45 years, serving the Sussex Coast from Littlehampton to Brighton. He has employed both adults and young people to provide many of them with their first opportunity to enter the workplace.   


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