Hamwic Education Trust is governed by a board of trustees who direct the organisation’s work.

We believe in transparency and accountability throughout the trust, including its schools and partnerships. Our trustees provide support and challenge, as required, to ensure we continue to match our vision and values.

Hamwic Education Trust Board

Trustees are as follows:

Gary Plummer

Gary Plummer:

Born in Poole, Gary has lived locally all his life.  After finishing “A” levels, he started working for a large financial institution locally and then went back to university part time to gain his degree, professional qualifications and finally a post-graduate qualification in Law. More info

Ruth Leach

Qualifying as a teacher in 1995, Ruth taught for 6 years in Yorkshire and Dorset before moving into leadership as Deputy Head of Hayeswood First School.

Prior to retiring Ruth was the Headteacher at Springdale First School for ten years and the Executive Headteacher at Turlin Moor Community School for two years.  More info

Lucy Knox

Lucy Knox:

Lucy is the Chief Financial Officer of Insensys Limited, a local engineering business in the renewable energy sector.  Prior to this she was a partner at Deloitte in London advising a range of companies on audit, accounting and other areas of financial due diligence. Lucy is also an independent member of the Audit Committee of the Southern Coop.

Harriet Kemp

Nicola Bull

Nicola works as an Education Director and leads Teaching and Learning across one of the largest UK Trusts. Prior to this, she worked as the Director of Education in a ten-school academy trust overseeing primary, secondary school and sixth form college improvement. Further info

Darren Foy

Darren is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 30 years’ experience in the real estate and built environment.                                  He is a local resident of Southampton and supportive of the Trust’s ambitions for its academies, the pupils and communities they serve.   Darren also enjoys volunteering for local interest groups, in the past having served as Chairman of a running club and also as a Foundation Governor of a local primary school.

Ros Hancell

Caroline Whittaker

Simon Cowley

Michel Nestour

Michel worked for Carnival Corporation & plc for over 11 years. In his last role he was responsible for a portfolio of cruise ports, infrastructure joint ventures and other investments across Europe and the Arabian Gulf.  He was the Managing Director of Santa Cruz and Barcelona Cruise Terminal SLU. He was also a member of Carnival UK DC pension scheme governance committee. More info

Natalie Bowdell

Natalie is currently a Director of Data Protection at NICE Systems. Prior to this, she has over 20 years experience in internal and external audit, working within large accounting firms as well as in house functions. Natalie also has experience in Compliance matters, Risk and Fraud Management.  Her education was within the Southampton school setting.

Hamwic Education Trust Members

Members are as follows:

The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood


Nigel Reichelt

Corporate member

Alice Wrighton

Alice Wrighton:

Alice was a senior leader in Hampshire Sixth Form Colleges for 20 years prior to her retirement in 2018, leading quality improvement and managing organisational change in close collaboration with leaders from all sectors of education. Before moving into senior roles, she taught History, Law and Languages across the 11-18 age range.  More info

Matthew Rumble