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The Attwood Academies Board is made up of a number of leading figures from business, the charity sector and education. In addition to their considerable experience they are, par one, all local to Bexhill. 

Tom Attwood

Tom Attwood

Tom Attwood was for a number of years Chief Executive of Intermediate Capital Group PLC. He was previously director of HSBC Investment Bank and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies including IPC Media, Wightlink, Target Express and Gala Coral; and until recently a Director of the Private Equity Foundation, the Centre for Social Justice and Chairman of Thanet Schools, five primary academies in Thanet sponsored by TKAT. 

Tom is now Chairman of HgCapital, a member of the Commission for Social Mobility and Child Poverty and a Director Actis Private Equity and the Hastings Pier Charity. 

Tom is Chairman of the Attwood Educational Foundation and Attwood Academies, sponsor of Bexhill Academy.

Business Interests

The Attwood Education Foundation, Attwood Partners Ltd, A-Plan Holdco Ltd, 24 Haymarket Ltd

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Sara Attwood

Sara Attwood

Sara was a head hunter for twenty years, specialising in consumer PR.  She worked for Whitehead Mann and The Miles Partnership in London. 

Sara is now a JP in Kent working with Magistrates in the Community.

As well as being a director of the Attwood Educational Foundation, she is also a mentor for children in London. 

Business Interests

The Attwood Education Foundation, Attwood Partners Ltd, Kassiopi Holidays Ltd

Heidi Brown

Heidi Brown

With a teaching career spanning over 30 years, Heidi Brown took up the post of Principal at Bexhill Academy in September 2014 having spent 11 years previous to this as  Principal at Shoreham Academy - deemed an outstanding school by Ofsted in 2012. During her time at Shoreham, Heidi established the South Downs Alliance of Schools which brought together both Primary and Secondary schools across West Sussex and beyond, in a bid to raise standards across the county. In addition, Heidi has been a Senior Partner for ‘Challenge Partners’ a National Organisation focusing on school improvement, and is currently a member of the Ofsted South East Head Teacher Reference Group.     

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Jon Sale

Jon Sale

Jon Sale joined Bexhill Academy and the Attwood Trust in October 2014. He has worked as an Educational Business Director since 2003, when he joined Kings Manor Community College/Shoreham Academy, working alongside the Principal in that school’s journey to outstanding (Ofsted 2012). Jon was responsible for steering the new build design at Shoreham and now brings his passion and experience in creating suitable learning environments through the improvement works and ICT development being undertaken at Bexhill.

Jon blends his prior business background with his commitment to education, and was the first person in the country to gain both the National Professional qualification for Headship and the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management. He is also qualified as a Specialist Leader of Education and works for ASCL as a consultant in educational business management.

Business Interests

The Brewery On Sea Ltd

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Frank Green CBE

Frank Green CBE

Frank has a considerable reputation as one of the country’s leading educational thinkers and innovators. 

His career in education has so far spanned 44 years.  Most recently he was National Schools Commissioner, 2013-2016, with oversight of all Academies and FreeSchools.  He established the Regional School Commissioners structure as part of the mechanism to co-ordinate and oversee the development of the academies programme.  Prior to that he had been Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust from 2008, one of the first MATs, having created it from the original Leigh City Technology College, of which he was Principal from 1997.

From 1992 to 1997 he was the first Head of The Lincoln School of Science and Technology, which was the very first specialist school and the model for that programme.

In 2013 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his services to education.

He is currently Chairman of Shoreline Enterprises , Vice Chairman of Leigh Academies Trust, Chairman of George Salter Academy and a Director of Challenger Trust.

Stephen Gough

Stephen Gough

Steve leads the schools and academies team at KPMG, is a qualified accountant and his personal area of expertise is finance and financial management. He has worked with a wide range of Academy Trusts to support them across a range of areas of their development,including strategy development, financial management, due diligence, turnaround support and re-structuring among others. He is also the Chairman of the Challenger Trust, which is a member of the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust and is passionate about improving social mobility through learning outside the classroom.



Susan Foley - Clerk to the Trust Board Members

Susan Foley - Clerk to the Trust Board Members


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