Trust Board

TST Governance Structure and Interests and Attendance

Trust Members

  • Rev. Canon Lindsay Hammond
  • Sally Lees
  • Quentin Roper - representative for the Canterbury Diocese Authority
  • Neil Vincer

Trust Board of Directors

  • Stuart Reeves – Chief Executive Officer
  • Neil Vincer – Director – Chair of the Board
  • Kathleen Bishop – Director
  • Mike Hill – Director
  • Graham Jones – Director
  • TBC – Director, Diocesan representative
  • Kate Smith – Director
  • Clive Thomas – Director
  • Jo Vos – Director

To contact the Tenterden Schools Trust Board please email the Clerk –

Declarations of Interest 2021 - 2022

TST Director Information

Full list can be downloaded below.

Kathleen Bishop

Kathleen Bishop - Director

Having read Archaeology and Ancient History at Liverpool University,

(BA (Hons)) Kathleen embarked upon a career in personnel and training with three major UK retail organisations. Some years later she attended City University and was awarded an MBA. This postgraduate degree facilitated her move into the financial services sector and a career in management consultancy in the City of London.

Over the next twenty plus years she held increasingly senior positions in Human Resource Management, including those of HR Director in accountancy, law and financial futures firms; and as HR Consultant in UK financial regulation and investment banking.

Following the death of her husband much changed. She has since served locally in Kent with a number of National voluntary organisations and was invited to become a Governor at a local primary school. She was later elected Chair of Governors.

In 2008 Kathleen was professed into the Secular Franciscan Order, a Religious Order of the Catholic Church, and serves in ministry within the Order.

She says she feels honoured to have been invited to join the Board of Tenterden Schools Trust and looks forward to using the skills she has been given, in the service of the young people and staff who have been entrusted to their care.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill – Director

The majority of Michael’s career has been in public service.  He was a Regular Army officer for 35 years, rising to the rank of Brigadier.  On leaving the Army he accepted an appointment with the Home Civil Service in Northern Ireland.

Michael Hill was elected as a Conservative Member to Kent County Council in 2001 and has held his current appointment of Cabinet Member for Community Services since October 2005.  He was a governor of Tenterden Infant and Junior Schools from 2002 until 2016.

Michael Hill is a graduate of London University and a Chartered Engineer. 

Married with two grown up sons he lives in Tenterden. 

Graham Jones

Graham Jones – Director

Vice Chair

Graham has been involved in school governance for nearly 20 years.  Initially as a parent governor at the local primary school attended by his sons.  Following the expiry of his term as parent governor it developed through community governor to him becoming Vice Chair and then Chair for a period of seven years.  He has taken roles on other governing bodies including at Academy secondary level (local grammar school) and also as a trustee of a higher education institution.  He has worked with the local authority and stood on interim boards to assist schools in difficulty.

His interest in the education system led to him being approached by Sally Lees, previous CEO of the TST, to join the board of the Trust, he felt he could not say no. His biggest challenge is balancing his voluntary work with his day to day job.

By day he is a lawyer and a director of a large provincial law firm where he specialises in family and education work. He has been with them for 27 years including being Managing Partner for 7. He is also a qualified accredited mediator.  He is married with three grown-up sons, the oldest of which has now blessed him and his wife with the joy of grandchildren. 

He is experienced in promotional and media work having been involved with BBC Radio Kent for a considerable number of years, initially as a guest and legal commentator which progressed to him having his own fortnightly legal show for a two-year period.  He is a regular contributor KMTV and KMFM. 

When not working he likes to spend time cycling, building Lego and in their vintage VW campervan.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith - Director

Vice Chair

Kate was a parent governor at Homewood for 9 years and Chair of the Governing Body for a period of time.

A qualified teacher who has taught in primary schools in Kent and London. Since 2003 she has worked as a Senior lecturer in Higher Education initially with the University of Greenwich and presently within the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

She is actively engaged in researching and writing about early childhood education and was awarded her PhD in 2016.

Clive Thomas

Clive Thomas - Director

Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Clive retired from full time employment in 2015.

His working career was spent initially as a lawyer and latterly in banking. He is a qualified solicitor and was a partner in a law firm in Central London, specialising in asset finance. He subsequently moved in-house and worked for a subsidiary of the Midland Bank. After the Bank was acquired by HSBC in 1992, he moved to HSBC’s head office in Canary Wharf, where he became a director in its Corporate and Investment Banking division specialising in structured finance.

In December 2010, with two Investment Banking colleagues, he was responsible for the sale of an HSBC-owned rolling stock leasing company to a consortium of three private equity investors. He and his colleagues subsequently managed the business after its sale until 2015 when it was profitably re-sold. During this period, he ran the company’s legal department and acted as Company Secretary.

He has lived in Biddenden for five years. During that period, he has acted as a trustee of two local charities and is a Foundation Governor of John Mayne Church of England Primary School in Biddenden.

Neil Vincer

Neil Vincer - Chair of the Board

Neil recently retired after having worked for 43 years for Givaudan UK Ltd in Ashford, the world’s leading supplier of Fragrance and Flavour products, as an Environment, Health and Safety Specialist.

He originally joined the company as a chemist within the Quality Dept before quickly moving to the process research team, a group he remained a member of for approximately 15 years. From 1995

until his retirement, he worked in the Site Health and Safety Department and hence brings a wealth of knowledge around this sometimes-emotive subject to the Trust.

Neil was a governor at Homewood for 12 years during which time he chaired the Premises and Health & Safety sub-committees and also served as the Chair of Governors prior to the formation of the Multi Academy Trust. In 2016 he became a director of the TST and took on the role of vice-chair of the Trust board before taking over the role of Chair in July 2022.

In addition to his work with the Trust, Neil has a specific interest around fire safety and has been the Chair of the Institution of Safety and Health’s (IOSH) committee for Fire Risk Management since 2019.

Outside of work Neil’s interests include fell walking and steam railways of all sizes. He is married to Teresa and has two children, both of whom attended Homewood school.

Jo Vos

Jo Vos - Director

Jo has been a KCC Community Warden since May 2005, covering Tenterden since 2008.

She started as a governor at St. Michaels CoE Primary School in 2009, where she often delivers safety talks to the children and helps deal with any issues as part of her work role whilst combining this with governor visits for health and safety and safeguarding.

She also became a director when the TST was formed as she has good links with the local community and works closely with all the schools in the trust.


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