Alex King

Chair of the Members Board

Alex became a Member in 2019 and is involved in the trust as he truly believes in the value of good education and the ‘out of school’ learning opportunities connected through sport and the natural environment in particular.

Alex has a good understanding of good governance both from running businesses and having created a charitable trust back in 2015 and presently works to support two charitable trusts operating in the leisure sector in the South West.

Alex has links into education via family members both professionals and students, through his work activity and professional relationships and indeed is a former Governor of another Plymouth school recruited specifically to assist on transitional matters and change management.

Alex is heavily involved in matters relating to Plymouth and its waterfront and sits in an advisory capacity on a number of groups.

Stuart Jones

Chair of Trustees

Stuart has been a governor of a local Plymouth primary school for 8 years before becoming a trustee at the founding of the Horizon multi academy trust. He is the owner of SJTraining Consultancy, specialising in areas of community development, fundraising and sports development. Stuart has 30 years working in outdoor education and youth work and his passions include being part of the National Schools Sailing Association.

Emma Roberts

Vice Chair of Trustees

Emma is a HR professional with over 15 years experience. She has worked in HR Director level roles for the last 5 years, having had the opportunity to work with some of the largest employers in Plymouth.

Emma became involved in governance in 2006 when she became a parent governor at Pomphlett Primary School where her son attended and subsequently went on to sit on the Board of Trustees for Horizon Multi Academy Trust when it was formed in 2016.

Chrissie Bassett


Chrissie joined horizon as trustee in 2020, she is passionate about providing all pupils with an excellent all round educational experience. She has been a teacher in Devon for many years working in large secondary schools as a PE teacher and as a school sports coordinator for over 16 primaries. She has spent the last 10 years teaching across the curriculum in a Plymouth special school. She also has two sons that attend a Horizon MAT school.

Debbie Taylor


Debbie joined Horizon as a Trustee in October 2021. As former Senior Leader working within the National Health Service, Debbie has extensive experience in the areas of Education, Learning & Organisational Development and Service Transformation. She has led a number of multidisciplinary teams both strategically and operationally to deliver complex change, whilst building capacity and capabilities across organisational boundaries. Debbie has vast experience in Governance not only as an NHS leader but also as a School and College Governor. Debbie is passionate about ensuring an outstanding learning experience for all pupils, retaining, developing and valuing our people and working in collaboration with our partners.

Imogen Potter


Imogen is an energetic, highly organised self-starter, with experience in a variety of senior management and delivery roles within both the public and voluntary sector. Highly skilled in partnership working, providing funding advice and business support, project management and evaluation. A demonstrable aptitude for working at both community grass roots and strategic levels, negotiating, advocating, developing partnerships, policy shaping and delivery.

Caroline Adams


I have recently joined the Horizon Trust Board (spring 2021), having been a school governor for many years. My background is in lecturing in psychology, with personal interests in child development and learning. I am passionate about providing a creative, broad and balanced education for all children across the Horizon Trust. From personal observations, creativity (both in utilising individual teaching strengths and content) was largely sidelined due to a narrow National Curriculum for many years. This, thankfully, is changing and our schools have a fantastic opportunity to take advantage. Our staff are our greatest asset and I hope to champion their desire to provide the education they are passionate about delivering.

Nick Abbott


Having owned and run a local SME business for over 25 years and an investment property company for around 15, Nick has a plethora of experience at strategic level and brings the following qualities to the Trust Board: financial accounting, interpretation, budgeting and cash flows, strategic planning, HR, project management, lease negotiations as both landlord and tenant and health and safety compliance. Nick also has the ability to delegate to appropriate trusted experts in any given field and feels that no-one can be master of everything, so to know when to get the appropriate help is key.

Andrew Burt


Andrew has been a Trustee for Horizon MAT since 2019. Previously, he was a local authority governor for Victoria Road Primary School since 2009.

Andrew started work for DML (now Babcock) at Devonport Royal Dockyard in 2000 as a Health Physicist, supporting the Royal Navy’s Nuclear Powered Submarines, and has since moved into project management, managing a number of projects over the course of his career. Currently he is a Programme Manager responsible for the decommissioned submarine projects at Devonport.

Andrew is a chartered radiation protection professional, and is also a member of the Society for Radiological Protection and the Association for Project Management.

Andrew was born and raised in Plymouth and currently lives in the North of the City with his wife, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Jenna Fulton


Following completion of a degree in Accountancy with Law, I joined DML in August 2004 and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2008. I have had a varied career within DML/Babcock working within the central finance function areas and within Project and Management Accountant roles. I have been involved with major bid activity, due diligence for take overs, system upgrades and internal and external audit processes. I currently hold the Position of Head of Finance.

Outside of work, I am married with 2 children who both attend a school within the Horizon Multi Academy Trust.

Governance Structure

Governance Structuew

Members: determine the ethos and purpose of the Trust (i.e. the provision of education) and the way it will be governed (which will be set out in the Articles of Association) and will have a right (not an obligation) to participate in governance by appointing and removing Trustees. They also have a right to receive the Trustees’ annual report and accounts and to attend general meetings of the Trust.

Board of Trustees: the accountable body for the performance of all Academies within the Trust and, as such, must ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; hold the CEO to account for the educational performance of the Academies and their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and oversee the financial performance of the Trust, ensuring financial probity and value for money.

The Local Governing Bodies (LGBs): Committees of the Board of Trustees and have delegated decision-making powers in accordance with this SoD and their Ofsted grading (see Table of Responsibilities). The LGBs shall each hold at least three meetings in every school year.

There are eight elements to effective governance:

  1. The right people around the table;
  2. Understanding the role and responsibilities;
  3. Good chairing;
  4. Professional clerking;
  5. Good relationships based on trust;
  6. Knowing the school – its data, staff, parents, children and community;
  7. Commitment to asking challenging questions; and
  8. Confidence to have courageous conversations in the interests of the pupils

Trustee and Member Business Interest 2021/2022

NameRoleBusiness InterestDate of AppointmentMember AppointedDate of ExpiryNature of BusinessDate Interest Began
Maria Anderson CEODirector of PLP01/09/2017
Member appointed N/AEducation1993
Member of National Association of Head Teachers01/06/2013
Alan ButlerMemberUniversity Lecturer; Charity Trustee of Plymouoth Octopus Project, Voluntary and Community Sector;01/09/2019Member appointedN/AEducation
Charity Trustee of Timebank South Westc, community involvement charity,01/09/2019Charity
Company Director of Pride in Plymouth, non-profit Community Interest Company; Member of Oral History Society, Community Archives and Heritage Group.01/09/2019Charity
Alexander KingMemberDirector of the Mount Batten Group of Companies01/09/2019Member appointedN/AOutdoor EducationJanuary 2011
Andrew BurtTrusteeEmployed by Babcock International01/09/2019Member appointed 01/09/22EngineeringSeptember 2000
Emma RobertsTrusteeChild attending a Horizon MAT school01/09/2016Member appointed 01/09/2024HRJuly 1997
Imogen PotterTrusteeDeputy Chief Executive of Plymouth VCS, Voluntary Community Sector;
Member of Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby Club
01/12/2018Member appointed01/12/2022Community capacity buildingMarch 2013
Jenna FultonTrusteeChild attending a Horizon MAT School. Employed by Babcock Internation01/09/2019Member appointed 01/09/2023EngineeringDecember 2004
Stuart JonesTrustee and MemberCompany owner of SJ Training;
Charity trustee of National School of Sailing;
Member of Royal Yacht Club
01/09/2016Member appointed 01/09/2024Funding, community & sports development June 1998
Chrissie BassettEmployed by Longcause Community Special School and Child attending Horizon MAT school01/07/2020Member appointed 01/07/2024EducationSeptember 2007
Lindsey LewisChild attending Horizon MAT school01/07/2020Member appointed 01/07/2024FloristrySeptember 2020
Caroline AdamsTrusteeRetired Lecturer16/03/2021Member appointed16/03/2025RetiredN/A
Nick AbbottTrusteeCompany Director Ivor Dewdney 16/03/2021Member appointed 16/03/2025Food manufacturing, retailing & wholesalingOctober 1994
Debbie Taylor TrusteeRetired NHS Learning & Organisational Development & Service Transformation Director19/10/2021Member appointed 19/10/2025RetiredN/A