Vinehall is a charity, run by a Board of Governors who are trustees.

The School’s governing body has overall responsibility for the well-being of the School as a whole.  They meet as a Main Board at least three times a year to determine the general policy of the School and review its overall management and control. In addition, there are two sub-committees: the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Risk Committee.  They also meet at least three times a year.


Will Foster-Kemp LLB(Hons), ACA

Will Foster-Kemp is the current Chairman of the Board, which he joined in November 2010. He is a tax director for a large asset management company and is a Vine (Old Boy). He is also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Sophia Bartleet BSc (Hons) Durham

Sophia has published two novels  (Sam Golod, Red Tape) under her pen name Sophia Creswell.  She has worked as an editor, publisher, teacher, City Councillor and university lecturer. She has a son and a daughter who have both attended Vinehall from Nursery through to Year 8

Deborah Clayton-Hatfield MA ( Hons) Cantab

Deborah studied Law at Cambridge University and qualified as a solicitor in 1985.  She practiced as a corporate lawyer in the City until she and her family relocated to New York where they lived for several years.  On returning to Sussex, Deborah was a Trustee of Demelza Hospice for 4 years and she is currently a Trustee of the charity Rwanda  Aid.

Vanessa Everett BA(Hons), PGCE

After a Deputy Headship at Tonbridge Grammar School, Vanessa spent eleven years as Headteacher of a large comprehensive school in Kent. In addition, prior to retirement, she was an Executive Headteacher of a secondary school in Maidstone and an accredited School Improvement Partner supporting several secondary schools in Kent. All her three sons attended Vinehall and she was elected Governor in March 2011.

Jonathan Gilbert BSc (Cardiff), PGCE, MRSC

Jonny is Deputy Head (Academic) at Eastbourne College. He has 25 years’ experience of leadership in schools. He has an MBA in Educational Leadership and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the founder / director of Elite Academics Ltd; a rapidly-growing international educational consultancy. An ISI inspector, he is the chair of the risk committee.



John completed his medical training and radiological training at Kings College hospital, London before working as an assistant professor of radiology at Hershey Medical Center, part of Penn State University in the USA. He has been a consultant Radiologist based at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings for over 25 years and is the Medical Director of Benenden Hospital and advisor to Benenden Healthcare Society. Both of his sons have attended Vinehall before moving on to Tonbridge School. In addition to a professional interest in cardiac imaging and preventative medicine, he is a keen cyclist and tennis player.

David Jeremy

David Jeremy QC is a criminal barrister practicing from QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers.

He is the father of four Vines: three sons, who went on to Tonbridge and a daughter who went to Cranbrook.

Helen Kremer BSc (St Andrews), BM CHB, DRCOG, MRCGP

Helen Kremer is a General Practitioner with over twenty years’ experience at the Sidley Medical Practice, Bexhill on Sea and was elected to the board of Governors in November 2014.  She read Medical Science at St Andrew’s University.  She is a member of the Risk Committee and her interests include cycling, badminton and mountain walking.  All three of Helen’s children have attended or currently attend Vinehall School.

Jackie Mills

Jackie taught in both state and independent schools for 40 years.  She developed a professional interest in the early identification of specific learning difficulties and continued to build her expertise in this field.  Her final teaching post was the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in our Pre-Prep.  Following her retirement she became involved with a women’s refuge and the winter shelter for the homeless in Tunbridge Wells.

Adam Piper BA ACII CIB

Adam is a Vine and has long been associated with Vinehall with his three brothers and three sons all Vines too. He is a Lloyd’s insurance broker at a leading global firm in the City and has advised on Risk matters across a broad range of industries including charities. He has a particular risk specialism in the Renewable Energy sector. Adam is a member of the Risk committee at Vinehall.

Mark Puckett BSc, MBA

Mark was elected a governor in March 2017. He is an independent financial adviser in infrastructure and renewable energy. Mark is Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee

Dr Adrian Rainbow

Adrian is a Deputy Head (Co-curricular) at Sevenoaks School in Kent. Prior to this role he was a Head of Faculty at UWC Atlantic College in Wales, and a Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich. He lives in Sevenoaks with his wife Miriam and two young boys, Finley and Osian. He is also a member of the Risk Committee.

Paul Redstone MA, PhD (Cantab)

Paul was elected a Governor in March 2007. He and his wife Margie (who was Vinehall’s Director of Studies until she retired in July 2013) had four children at the School. Paul initially worked in computer software in space, defence and related sectors, then in the pharmaceutical sector before running his own software company, providing customer relationship software. He now consults on such software. He is on the Vinehall Foundation Steering and Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mike Scott

Mike joined the Board of Governors March 2011. Prior to retirement he worked for an international bank in the Middle and Far East. He has previous experience as a governor, working with schools both overseas and in the UK.

Deanne Thomas

Deanne has held a number of senior managerial PA positions, including ten years for the St John’s Ambulance, Australia and working in Re-insurance and Outplacement In London.  In 2010 she commenced a degree course in Fine Jewellery and Silversmithing Design at The Cass Faculty London, which led her to start her own company in 2012.  Deanne was elected to the board of Governors in November 2014 and is a member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee.  Deanne’s three daughters have attended Vinehall School and she has formerly served on the Friends of Vinehall Committee. Deanne has visited Rwanda on several occasions as a volunteer with the Rwanda Aid Charity.