The Trainers

Mr Rick Fink leads all course tuition and will be present at every course. To learn more about him, please click here.

Mr Colin Gaunt, an Associate of the School, brings his twenty five years’ experience of butling to the team. Colin has worked in the most prestigious houses in England, including Buckingham Palace, Blenheim Palace, Woburn Abbey and for the U.S Ambassador in his private residence in London. With his wide-ranging background, Colin brings expertise and insight to our hands-on training skills.


We have experienced and inspiring trainers who are specialised in particular aspects and will provide hands-on training during the course.
— Rick Fink

Tom Clifton is an Associate of the Butler-Valet school and runs his own recruitment agency P.E.S. He will help you craft your CV and conducts mock interviews. Tom’s agency will be on hand to help you seek employment. He also provides our health and safety training.

Sarah Preston, a chef trained by Prue Leith, will give demonstrations, training and practical cookery advice.

Mr Fink will also instruct on the correct procedure to be followed at weddings and other functions, how to announce meals and introduce guests. He will also talk about titles and equivalent ranks and how to address them.