Our team are all specialists in their respective fields. They work closely with the heads of school to ensure the best service as possible.
Central Team (ID 1208)
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Academy Trust and was formerly the Executive Head Teacher of Biggin Hill and Cleeve Primary Schools. As an NLE he has provided extensive support to a number of schools, and facilitated both the NPQH and the NPQEL.
Andy RhodesDeputy CEO & School Improvement Lead
Andy Rhodes is the School Improvement Lead and Deputy CEO of Horizon Academy Trust. Andy has extensive experience working alongside schools and school leaders to offer advice and support regarding school improvement models and pedagogy. Since 2014 Andy has worked as a National Leader of Education supporting the wider system and has supported many local schools to improve.
Sarah WhiteleyChief Operations Officer
Sarah is the COO across the Trust managing all of the school estates, health and safety and catering.
Sophie ScottHR Adviser
Sophie provides HR leadership and support across the Trust. Previously Sophie worked for many years at the Local Authority providing support for schools across the city.
Matthew SoulbySenior IT Manager
Matt manages the IT infrastructure across the Trust, as well as providing day to day support to schools as required.
Anne CaineGovernance Professional
Anne supports governance across the Trust, working with governors, trustees and head teachers to promote best governance practice.
Judi JohnsonCatering Manager
Judi has extensive experience working in high level catering operations, and uses her skills and experience to manage the kitchens across the Trust.
Gemma MeyerhoffCatering Support
Gemma works with the staff across our school kitchens providing them with the support they need to ensure the delivery of high quality food to our children.
Carla VarleyHR Assistant & Learning Centre Co-ordinator
Carla has extensive experience supporting schools with operational HR queries. Carla is responsible for the Learning Centre, and supports all employees to get the information that they need in relation to their continual professional development.
Sarah GantTrust Finance Support Officer
Sarah supports the CFO with the day to day running of the central finance services across the Trust. Sarah has extensive experience of supporting school business managers with financial queries.
Claire PurdueChief Financial Officer
Claire is an experienced CFO with hands on experience working as a Trust auditor for many years. Claire manages the strategic financial planning for the Trust, and works closely with the CEO, COO and trustees. Claire ensure that the financial management of the Trust supports every school to make effective financial decisions, that promote pupil attainment and an enriched curriculum offer.