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.


Linda Bass Governors

Linda Bass was elected a governor in March 2017. She is a Solicitor and has worked at The Crown Prosecution Service as a Criminal Lawyer and more recently as a Private Client Lawyer in Battle. She has five children, two of whom have attended Vinehall School.

Mark Puckett BSc, MBA Governor

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

Sophia Bartleet BSc (Hons) Durham Governor

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

John Giles MBBS, FRCP, FRCR Governor

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.

Sean Lambert BA (Exeter), QTS Governor

Sean is currently Deputy Head at Benenden School. After graduation, he worked in finance at Arthur Andersen, and in HR at Accenture, IBM and Merrill Lynch,  before entering the teaching profession. Prior to Benenden, he taught classics at Abingdon School, St Paul’s School and Eton College, where he was also head of year 12 and a House Master. He is also a governor at the Drapers’ Academy, a mixed comprehensive school in Essex.

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.

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.

Jonathan Gilbert BSc (Cardiff), PGCE, MRSC

Jonathan Gilbert is Assistant Headmaster at Eastbourne College and was elected to the board of Governors at Vinehall School in November 2014.  He read Biochemistry at Cardiff University, followed by a prize-winning PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge.  He has over twenty  years’ experience working in independent education, formerly as Housemaster, Head of Department and Director of Studies.  Jonathan is currently working towards an MBA in Educational Leadership at University College, London.  He is a member of the Risk Committee.

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.

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.

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. He is the current Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes 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.

Tim Haynes BA (Reading), PGCE

Tim is the current Headmaster of Tonbridge School and was elected a Governor in December 2005.

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.

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.