Special Guest Speaker
Dr Rachel Horton, Principal at The Armidale School
Dr Horton was recently appointed as Principal of The Armidale School and began in this role on 1 July 2021
Dr Horton has spent the past three years at Brighton Grammar School, a well-established Anglican boys’ school of 1,394 students. Prior to that she was at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane teaching physics and chemistry as well as being a Head of House. Before teaching in Anglican schools, Dr Horton’s career was in the tertiary sector as a science researcher, university lecturer and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Horton has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Pathology and Microbiology and a PhD from the University of Bristol in the UK. Her diverse scientific work enabled her to live and work in Canada, Australia and Kenya as well as the UK where she was born. As a British Army Reservist, Dr Horton interrupted her PhD to undertake a year’s service with the Royal Engineers as Squadron Operations Officer which included a 6-month tour of duty in Iraq as Captain in 2003-2004, being third in command of 135 men under extreme conditions.
Her passion for sport which includes mountain biking, triathlon and marathon running also led her to Rugby Union where she played as a representative player in England and Canada for over a decade before retiring to become a referee 11 years ago. She has refereed international VII and XV matches and was the first woman to referee Premier rugby in Queensland. Her career has taken her from tertiary teaching, professional sport and volunteer military service to the rich world of secondary teaching in Anglican schools to be able to mentor, guide and shape the lives of young adults.