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Founder (1947) and Headmaster




Peter Witting
Pine Hill School, Hythe 1949 to 1954
Westbrook House 1954 to 1958
Cranleigh School, Surrey 1958 to 1962
Then London University.
Luckily by the time I had had enough of studying, IT had been invented as a way to earn a living!
Worked for E.M.I. (at Hayes, Middx.) in operations and programming on 2nd and early 3rd generation machines to 1971. The "Blue Streak" development data going through the computer required covert security clearance for staff, but most of the work involved EMIs royalties from the Beatles!
Moved to Leicestershire to work for British Gas in IT analysis and design to 1996.
Joined Capgemini IT consultancy, retiring in 2003.
Married Barbara in 1966, so Ruby Wedding Anniv. In Dec 2006. Son runs BHM Knitwear based in Leicesterhire, and daughter works in London as an Occupational Therapist but currently occupied by maternity duties!
Being retired is a full-time job: My main activities centre around cycling - my lifelong passion, which keeps me fit and alert! I ride with a CTC group on Sundays, and with a Thursday Club in the week. Holidays always involve cycling, usually with my wife; and I'm involved in the club's admin when off the bike. In fact I cycle through Folkestone annually on my way to visit Gent, in Belgium, to watch the 6-day bike race in November, (where 1 in 3 of the spectators are Brits!).

My other passion is music. My eclectic taste includes rock, heavy metal, folk, country, world-music, R&B; so there is hardly a week I don't get to a live gig. [in the next month I am seeing Sekou Keita, from Senegal, The Dubliners, W.A.S.P. at Rock City in Nottingham, Mary Gauthier ("say Go-shay") from Baton Rouge, Motorhead, and the Be Good Tanyas from Canada].

I'm also involved with CAMRA, and (as a Devonian) can be found serving behind the cider bar at the Leicester Beer Festival annually; someone has to do it!

Any OWs from the 1950s passing through Leicestershire are welcome to contact me. My CAMRA activities will ensure a good meeting place, but just be ready for the lurid lycra and the bike!


Peter Witting

Address: Fairfield Lodge, Hardwick Close, Knott Park, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0HZ
Tel: 01372 844033
Fax: 01372 842024
Mobile: 07850 887839
Date of Birth: 7 August 1943
Education: Westbrook House 1947-1956
St Lawrence College 1956-1960
Wharton AMP University of Pennsylvania USA 1989
Honours: Territorial Decoration TD
Qualifications: Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers FCIB
Fellow Association of Corporate Treasurers FCT
Fellow Institute of the Motor Industry FIMI
An experienced executive and non-executive director with a background in financial products (banking, insurance and asset finance) and general management. A wide experience of the City, particularly in specialist finance, and in developing successful joint ventures, both in the UK and overseas.
Current Non-Executive Directorships and Other Appointments
• 1996
Caffyns plc (motor dealer group, quoted on LSE). CHAIRMAN from April 2003
• 2004
Four Seasons Country Club Ltd
• 2005
• Genisys Group Ltd (Advisory Board)

• 1992
Motability (charity providing cars to the disabled) .. Governor
Motability 10th Anniversary Trust .. Trustee
• 1992
St John Ambulance, Surrey .. Member of Council and Fundraiser
• 1993
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award .. Charter Member Recruiter and Fundraiser

Non Executive Director Past Appointments
1996 to 1997 Lombard North Central – board disbanded pending sale
1996 to 2002 PPP Healthcare Ltd (worked with CEO on demutualisation and sale
then Senior Management Advisor under AXA ownership)
1998 to 1999 RAC Holdings Ltd - worked with CEO on demutualisation and sale
1992 to 1995 Motability Finance Ltd – Chairman
1996 to 2002 Fletcher King (quoted property company)
1998 to 2003 First National Bank plc (Deputy Chairman)
2000 to 2003 The Kingstree Group (UK) Ltd
2001to 2004 Blue Arrow Ltd (senior executive advisor)
Executive Career Summary
1989 to1996 Lombard North Central plc 1989 Assets 9bn ptp 80m
1996 Assets 12bn ptp 240m
Position: Group Chief Executive
A major subsidiary of NatWest Bank plc and the largest finance house in Europe.
Took group through major reorganisation to re-establish business as UK premier finance house (double the size of the next traditional competitor). Established key joint ventures and repositioned existing partnerships. Moved the company
into new ventures in mainland Europe and set up new trading relationships with US partners.
1985 to 1989 NatWest lnsurance Services Ltd ptp 1985 12m 1989 45m
Position:Managing Director
Gained acceptance of insurance as a key banking product and moved organisation to service/market into bank network.
1970 to 1985 County Bank Ltd
Position: Progression from Sub Manager (1970), Treasurer (1972), Director (1975), Finance Director (1980) to Senior Director (1983).1960 to 1970 Westminster Bank Ltd
Position:Management Trainee
Other Past Appointments
1988 to 1989 President
The Association of Corporate Treasurers
1980 to 1985 General Commissioner of Income Tax
1963 to 1987 Territorial Army
(a number of appointments, including Company Commander and Staff Officer at
HQ London District)


A.H.V. Monteuuis

Home Address : Park Holt, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8HY
Tel. & Fax : 01892 870512. E-mail :

Family : Born 15 August 1946.
Eldest son of the late Dr and Mrs Norman Monteuuis of Folkestone, Kent.
Married 1969, Joanna Denne, two daughters, Christina and Alice,
one grandchild Amelie Elliott.

Education : Westbrook House School, Tonbridge School and the University of

Business : 1979-90 Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of the
Ashdown Group of Companies (printing and direct
marketing businesses).
These companies were sold in 1987, and he continued to
run the businesses for three more years until 1990.
1990-92 Chairman of Ashdown Direct Ltd (bought out of old group
and subsequently resold after a further three years).
1993-94 Various consultancies and other initiatives.
1995-99 Took over GDO International Advertising Ltd, and became Chairman & Chief Executive. Merged company in early 1998 to become Adventis Group plc, Europe’s largest specialist property advertising agency. Continued as Chairman until 1999 and then retired.

Charitable interests :
*Chairman of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust and
Chairman of the Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Services.

*A Kent Ambassador.

*Deputy Chairman and Trustee of The Cornwallis Memorial Fund,
a Kentish “needs” charity.

*Deputy Chairman and Trustee of The Wykeham Stanley Lord
Cornwallis Memorial Fund, a charity assisting Kent’s young
sportsmen and women.
*Past Trustee of the Kent Community Foundation.

*Trustee of the Kent Trust for Youth Sport

*Past President of the Tunbridge Wells Music Festivals.

Civil :

High Sheriff of Kent 2003 – 04 : During his year in Office as High Sheriff he carried out over 360 engagements throughout the county. He also visited many sports clubs to pursue his special additional theme for the year, which was to express his support and encouragement for those who voluntarily coach young people at sport.

As High Sheriff he was an ex officio member of many organisations and, as an ex officio Trustee of the Kent People’s Trust that year, he put something back into the charity by organising a fund-raising concert for them at Tonbridge School in late March 2004.

Sport :

Cricket : Played club cricket for many years and captained the winning Old
Tonbridgian team in the 1984 Cricketer Cup.

Member of the Benevolent Board of the Band of Brothers
Cricket Club

Committee Member of the Old Tonbridgian Cricket Club.

Committee Member of the Yellowhammers Cricket Club.

Member of Kent County Cricket Club.

Rackets : Played competitive rackets and was British schoolboy champion in

Much later, after a 15 year break from the game concentrating on
his business and family, won the USA Over 40s Singles and
Doubles Championships in 1993.

Runner-Up in the British Over 40 Singles Championship and
Runner-Up in the Canadian Amateur Double Championships in 1992.

Until recently was a member of the Rackets Championship
Referees’ Panel and a member of the Rackets Disciplinary Panel.

Golf : A member of Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club in East Sussex
(Captain in 2001-02)

A member of Royal St George's Golf in Sandwich, England,

A member of Mount Bruno Golf Club in Montreal, Canada.

Current Golf Handicap is 7.

Honorary Secretary of the Old Tonbridgian Golfing Society.

Current : Busy with responsibilities and obligations around the county but
apart from one non-executive directorship has retired from active
business life.

Neale Thomas BAF

Neale joined the Cadet Epee Coaching Team in 2005
First fenced Folkestone, Kent in 1972 with Prof. Alfie Mallard. Gave up fencing in 1982, then resumed again in 1994 on moving to Surrey.
Worked for a software based consultancy firm for fifteen years, before taking up coaching professionally in 2003.
Personal Competitive Success
Took to serious competitive fencing late (age 35?) and competed on circuit seriously between 1996 and 2002. Fenced in Winton Cup for SE region on numerous occasions between 1977 and 2003! Finalist at various opens.
Fenced for the Welsh team from 1998 through to 2003.
Notable results:
Commonwealth Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 1998..Team Bronze
Commonwealth Championships (Australia) 2002..Team Bronze
British Team Championships ..Winner in 2000 & 2001
Competed at numerous senior A grades, European Club Championships, European Veterans Championships.
Competitive success of pupils
Neale has not been coaching professionally for long, but has several fencers in cadet youth squads, and five fencers representing the south east at the BYCs.
Coaching (Schools)
Since commencing coaching Neale has introduced fencing to a number of local schools, none of which had previously offered Fencing:
Royal Grammar School, Guildford
Reigate Grammar School
Aberdour School, Burgh Heath
Lanesborough School, Guildford
Micklefield School, Reigate
St Josephs Primary School, Redhill
Coaching (Clubs)
London Thames Fencing Club
Redhill and Reigate Fencing Club
Guildford Fencing Club
Shene Sports and Fitness Centre
Whitton Sports and Fitness Centre
Competition Organisation
Neale has been involved with local fencing for more than ten years and has alternately run the Surrey Youth Epee & Sabre Championships and Surrey Senior Epee & Sabre Championships since 1995, as well as assisting with SE Region events etc.
He has also assisted in the running of the Winton Cup when run by the SE Region.
Neale has assisted with Cadet courses since joining the Cadet team in 2005.
Neale has assisted with various Junior Squad courses since 2004.
GB Boys Cadet epee trip to Bonn 2005
GB Boys Cadet epee trip to Dinant 2006
GB Boys Cadet epee trip to Pisa 2006
Neale has served on the Surrey County Fencing Union committee continuously since 1994.
Neale has been the Athletes Representative for Mens Epee since 2003.
Alfie Mallard

David-Michael Dunbar writes:

No school could ask for a finer gym instructor than Alfie Mallard.

He was a positive influence at Westbrook House; we can look back at our accomplishments with pride...but could we have done it without his help?

Edward Lewis

I started at DCJS in 1972 in the 2nd year of pre prep and left in 1979 when I went to Dover College. I left in 1984 after A Levels and went to Uni of Leicester where I read Classical Studies and Ancient History. I obtained a 2.2 and a BA Hons.

I had always had a love of history and this had been nurtured by Mr Scaife who taught me all sorts of different history thoughout my time at DCJS; Brian Stanley who started me off on ancient Greek history when I was in the 2nd year; and Mrs Hughdie and Mrs Jackson in the pre prep who told me about Greek and Roman mythology.

After the Classics degree in 1987 I then went to De Montfort Uni or as was Leicester Poly where I read Law and left in 1990. I obtained another 2.2 and an LL.B. Hons.

In 1990 I went to Guildford College of Law to do my Solicitor's qualifying exams, the Law Society Finals. Unfortunately I didn't do so well owing principally to my father suddenly contracting cancer in the middle of the course. I flumped the exams. However I didn't give up and eventually passed.

In 1994 I read a Master's degree in Business Studies at Canterbury Business School which is part of the Uni of Kent. This was only a one year course and I passed with an MBS.

In 1995 I started my Articles or Training Contract as it is now known at the firm of Solicitors, Gambrills, in Folkestone. I qualified as a Solicitor in 1997.

From 1997 I then worked for a number of firms in Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ramsgate doing general Litigation work.

In 2001 I then went to work for the firm of TG Baynes Solicitors in Bexleyheath, south east London. I specialise in Personal Injury law. I was made a Partner in 2005. I am now recognised as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

From a personal perspective I live in Wheelbarrow Town near Stelling Minnis, along Stone Street. I am happily married to Belinda, another Solicitor and we have a 3 year old daughter called Katie and Belinda has a 17 year old daughter called Lizzie.

In my spare time (what's that?!) I am also a Parish Councillor, a Governor of my local Church of England Primary School, and a Trustee of the Charity Board looking after the local Village Hall. I also enjoy reading, enjoying Claret and "gardening".


Roderick (Roddy) Baker
Attended Westbrook House: 1959 - 1968 Leaving with Ken Foster

Attended Dover College: 1968 - 1973 Leaving with Ken Cobb

Read for and achieved a 2-1 Honours Degree in Estate Management at South Bank Poly
Qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1979 and worked for Hillier Parker May & Rowden, Donaldsons and British Land before setting up a Ski Chalet and Tour Company in the French Alps. I opened Les Arcs office in London in 1986.

On selling the Ski Business I left London for Folkestone and joined the Partnership of Cluttons and running the Folkestone office until 1996 when Cluttons closed a number of their provincial offices. Not wishing to return to London I left the partnership of Cluttons in 1996 and acquired the Chartered Surveying practice of Fell Reynolds from the then sole partner Slater Reynolds. With the help of loyal staff and of course our valued clients the business has grown from strength to strength and is now the largest practice in the area with over 30 staff on the payroll and offices in Hythe and Folkestone. Fell Reynolds offer Residential and Commercial Estate Agency, Property Lettings, Service Charge Management and Surveying services not only in Shepway but throughout the UK.
I am married to Sue and we have two daughters Emma(18) & Alice(16). Emma is now reading Vetinary Medicine at Bristol University and Alice is still at Kent College in Canterbury with GCSE's to be taken next Summer.
I am a keen Balloonist and being a pilot I fly the Fell Reynolds Hot Air Balloon both in the UK and abroad. When it is too windy my other passion is Sailing. My love of sailing goes back to my days at Dover College although the boats I sail now are a good deal bigger than the Dinghys we had in those days.



Neal Mallett

Following career in Marketing and Consultancy I have co-founded an IT company which has developed software for mobile professionals allowing them to do all their working tasks electronically on a Tablet PC.

Married with two children (boys aged 14 & 11), based Oxford.

I was fortunate enough to make the British Fencing Team and represent Britain in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Following a 15 year "retirement" I resumed fencing at Oxford University and am currently the National Veteran's Epee Champion.

Professor Mallard was a great coach and would have developed many more Olympians, in my opinion, had he worked in London.