About the School

The Sussex School of Natural Therapies is a training company offering Complementary Therapy courses and workshops. We aim to run a variety of accredited courses and CPD workshops.

The company is founded by Kelly Horne and Lisa Newman. Between them, Kelly and Lisa have over 40 years of experience in both complementary therapies and teaching.

We will offer a safe and inspiring learning environment. We are passionate about using organic, natural essential oils and products within our work and teaching. We would like to support local essential oil companies and therapists, so our college offers a little something back to the community.

As tutors we want to encourage the student to develop self-expression within their work, so they can become a unique therapist.


Lisa Newman


Co-Founder and Tutor

Lisa has been a therapist since 1996 with practices in Brighton and London. She is qualified in various complementary therapies including Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Body Massage and Indian Head Massage.

Her teaching career began in 2005 and has been working at City College Brighton & Hove (now called the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College) since 2008 as lecturer/assessor.

She has completed the following teaching/assessor qualifications:

  • 2007 City & Guilds 7303 – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

  • 2008 A1 Assessors Award

  • 2010 Certificate in Education (PTLLS, CTLLS & DTLLS)

  • 2017 Internally Quality Assurance

She undertakes various CPD each year for both subject specialist and general teacher training eg PREVENT, safeguarding, data protection etc.

Since 2014, she has also been employed by College as a Teaching and Learning Coach helping to support colleagues throughout the college. The role includes conducting observations, coaching, supporting new teachers, producing/delivering training and supporting the college in using technology.

Kelly Horne


Co-Founder and Tutor

Kelly qualified in Massage at The College of Classical Massage, Brighton in 1999. She went onto study other holistic therapies Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot and Ayurvedic Face Massage and Aromatherapy.

She started teaching in 2000 for Adult Education at The Connaught Centre in Hove and was passed on work in other establishments in the community. Kelly also started to teach for Michael Gibbons at The College of Classical massage teaching Indian Head Massage to a diploma level, his one-day certificate workshops, assisting on his ITEC Holistic Massage Courses and independently teaching the massage on his course. She is a registered teacher with ITEC. She also offers courses that are very popular in Sussex at MET Brighton, PACA Adult Learning, Evolution Arts and run independent workshops from her therapy barn including Aromatherapy workshops.

She achieved her basic teaching cert 7307 in June 2003 and then her DTLLS CERT in June 2011.

Kelly has a therapy barn that she offers therapies from in West Sussex. Her business name is REVIVE Therapy. She offers all her therapies and focuses on the use of organic and natural products within her work. She has also been working for Neal’s Yard Remedies in Brighton for 15 years. She oversaw the product training for the staff for several years and has made good contacts in Brighton.

She also offers Aromatherapy to the Breast Cancer Support group in Brighton

Kirsty Ferry-Cook



Kirsty first qualified in 2005, obtaining an SMA accredited (The Sports Massage Association) diploma in Sports Massage & Remedial Bodywork.After 3 years clinical experience, She went on to obtain a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Degree at a leading London University in Sports Therapy training.

She now enjoys a busy practise in Sussex, both clinic based and mobile.  She has bases at two popular, established clinics - one in central Hove, one in Portslade, and also treats in the comfort of peoples own homes.

Kirsty provided sports massage to athletes competing at the Aquatics centre at LONDON 2012, and has done a couple of seasons with different Sussex based rugby teams, pitch side & training nights.   More recent ventures include lecturing first year undergraduate students on their Functional Anatomy, and their Massage modules at London Met University, acting as lead for the massage module in 2015/16.

Since graduation, She has undertaken CPD in Medical Acupuncture, K-Taping & pregnancy and post-natal therapy, and  continuously builds on her knowledge base.

Visit Kirsty’s website www.awaypaintherapy.com

Matt Phillips



Level 5 Sports Therapist (STO)
Running Injury & Performance Specialist

Matt Phillips is a sports therapist, writer and international presenter with many years experience. Originally a strength & conditioning coach with the National Academy Of Sports Medicine, Matt turned his attention to massage in 2004, went on to study Sports Therapy and is today part of a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, podiatrists and massage therapists at Studio57clinic in Hove. Working particularly closely with runners, Matt also provides 3D Running Gait Analysis at StrideUK. 

A popular presenter at national conferences such as Therapy Expo, Matt is also in-house running injury specialist for UK magazine Outdoor Fitness and a regular contributor at Runners Connect. In 2018 he launched the 'RunChatLive Podcast' with guests including world champion distance runners, elite running coaches and healthcare specialists in running injury & performance. For more information, visit Matt’s website: www.runchatlive.com