Quest Board of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

  • Ian Martin

    Ian is Chair of the Trustees, one of the Quest school founding directors and his and Anne’s daughter Clare previously attended the school when it opened in September 2003. Ian is an actuary and an insurance company CEO as well as trustee of a number of charities and a local church Elder.

    Outside interests include sport, music, eating, holidays and his motorbike!

Board of Trustees

  • Andy Wheeler

    Andy is Managing Director and owner of a manufacturing & wholesale distribution company which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1900 and services the hardware, DIY & on-line retail trades.  Andy has been a trustee of the Quest School since 2004 and previously served as a parent governor of a Tunbridge Wells primary school during which time he also served as Chair of Governors.

    He is married to Susan and they have two children.

  • Deborah Bruce

    Deborah became a trustee of The Quest School in 2005.  She has been a governor at a variety of primary and secondary schools since 1998. Deborah has been chair of governors at Claremont Primary Teaching School since 2001 and in 2012 was appointed as one of the first National Leaders of Governance.

    She has been an executive member of the Kent Governors Association since its inception and vice chair since 2009. She also sits on the Tunbridge Wells Childrens Trust Board.

    When not governing, Deborah enjoys spending time with her son and sings in two choirs and an opera company.

  • Laurie Edmans CBE

    Laurie has been a trustee of the Quest school since 2004. He has a number of non-executive and trustee roles, including chair of a newspaper group’s pension plan and of a market research company, and deputy chair of a life assurance company. He sits on the boards of two public bodies related to financial services, the Money Advice Service, and the National Employment Savings Trust (‘NEST’).

    He is Hon. Treasurer of the National Family and Parenting Institute. He, his wife, daughter and son in law, run a small vineyard near Bordeaux. A West Ham season ticket holder, and a biker like Ian, he was awarded the CBE for services to pensions reform in 2006. He has five children and 6 grandchildren.

  • Peter Mepsted

    Peter is one of the founding directors of Quest School and his son attended Quest since the school opened in 2003, until he moved on to adult provision.

    With over 30 years managerial experience, Peter now runs his own health and safety consultancy business with clients across many sectors of industry.

    He has a keen interest in education and has been a governor of Milestone Special School for over 12 years and chair of the resources committee.

    Interests include football (keen Spurs fan), music, history and DIY!

  • Peter Whiteley

    Peter is a lawyer at the Pensions Ombudsman. He previously worked at the Local Government Ombudsman, where, within his work remit, he dealt with complaints concerning lack of support and education provision for young people with autism.

    His niece was a pupil at Quest School. He has three sons and nine years ago became a governor of the primary school they attended, a position he still retains despite his children having all moved onto secondary school.

  • Phil Barnett

    Phil works as a management consultant and trainer predominantly with leadership teams in special schools. Having spent most of his career in special education, including heading up two day and residential special schools over 18 years, he switched to consultancy in 2007. Projects have included reviews of achievement data, development planning, teaching and learning, and preparing for inspections.

    He has jointly presented a regular series of successful behaviour management courses for mainstream school managers and staff in the South East. Free time includes playing cricket (still!), growing fruit and vegetables, peddling a bike slowly up steep hills, and transport preservation.