Board of Trustees

Trustees of New Horizons Academy Trust

Simon Wood, Chair of Trustees

Simon Wood is currently Executive Headteacher at St Martin Frobisher Academy in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, 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 initially sponsored seven of the county’s most challenging schools in areas of significant rural and coastal deprivation; ultimately leading the work through to 2018 in 13 schools, including conversions, free schools and new provision.

Sir Martin Frobisher Academy promotes a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to provide all of our children with equal opportunity to empower and independently challenge themselves.

Simon’s track-record in ‘transforming schools’ has led him to his current role, and, once again, was proven in his previous role as Executive Headteacher at Copperfield Academy.

As well as leading St Martin Frobisher Academy, Simon also supports REAch2 with quality assurance and school reviews, and works centrally one day weekly in supporting the Trust with achieving its key priorities.

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 25 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 by Ofsted for her outstanding contribution within the Governing Body. 

Having completed her training in Brighton she taught for the next four decades, mostly in West Sussex, 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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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.   


Andrew Tress

Andy is a director of a fast growing Sussex based company with overall responsibility for sales,  operations, marketing, controlling and finance.

From a deprived background, Andy has personal experience of how an excellent standard of education and social values can change outcomes in children and young adults.

Andy has been involved in supporting education since 2014, first as a school governor and later as a trustee.