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

  • Clive Wratten

    Clive is a Head of Risk with wide experience of risk management in the Financial Services industry (HSBC, Fidelity Worldwide Investments, BP Plc and Man Group Plc).   Clive’s current full time role is Global Head of Operational Risk for HSBC’s Asset Management and Insurance businesses.  His earlier professional career was in management consultancy in one of the ‘Big 4’ firms, specialising in risk management.

    In his spare time Clive is a fitness enthusiast and particularly enjoys running, skiing and generally being active with his wife and their two boys, one of whom is autistic.  Clive is also a self confessed petrol head with a passion for all things Porsche!

  • 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.

  • Kate Wratten

    Kate is a Founding Partner and Director of a Strategic consultancy firm with a focus on advising clients entering challenging Developing Markets.  She has a number of years experience in a top tier Management Consultancy and in Commercial and Strategic business roles

    Kate is also a Trustee for another local charity and is Chair of a Junior Triathlon Club

    In addition, Kate enjoys being active and outdoors, whether running or walking or swimming, but especially with her husband and two sons


  • 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.

  • Monica Plange

    Monica is married to Johnny Bart, who she describes as her “wind beneath my wings”. She’s the mother of 3 biological children (the youngest of who is a current Quest School student); and a Compassion UK adopted son.

    A Social Services Manager with almost 2 decades experience, Monica describes herself as a philanthropist & an advocate for the vulnerable in society.

    Monica is the founder & CEO of DePAV Autism foundation, a non governmental organisation that supports the autism & special needs community in Ghana, west Africa; as well as the founder & CEO of CARE PLANGE LIMITED, a care & support service in the UK.

    In the height of the Covid pandemic, Monica & 3 other mothers of children on the autism spectrum co-founded JADZ SEND Connect – a BAMES Parents & Carers of persons with autism & special education needs (UK) within the London borough of Bexley.

    Monica is a Christian, a Deaconess & the current National Women’s Leader of The Church of Pentecost UK.

    Monica enjoys watching comedy shows, dancing, writing & interior decorating.


  • 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 qualified solicitor who has held a range of positions over the years. One of his previous roles was 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.

    He has three grown up sons and for 11 years was a governor of the primary school they attended. He also has a niece who has autism.

  • 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.

  • Susan Conway

    Susan has worked in education for more than thirty years. Initially teaching Humanities in a mainstream secondary, non-selective school and later becoming the schools SENCO. Susan was the Principal of a local National Autistic Society Independent Special School. Under her leadership the school was recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding. Susan was asked to apply to become a Lead Ofsted inspector. She has led numerous inspections in special schools throughout the South-East region, as well as supporting both special and mainstream schools in Kent as a consultant.
    Susan has five grown up children, one of her daughters is a teacher at The Quest school. She enjoys walking, sailing, skiing and exploring new countries.