The School

Our Team

Vincent Vermeulen - FGIntPT
Founder & director

Vincent is the founder and director of the butler school. He is already the fourth generation of a family that has dedicated its life to working in the hospitality and service sector. His family’s experience in this field is simply unrivalled in Belgium. His relationship with the world’s greatest luxury establishments also means that the school can open doors that remain closed to all others. He has worked in various Michelin-star restaurants, trained and worked as a butler in London and led hospitality and service departments in a number of multinationals. He is a certified wedding planner by the Association of Bridal Consultants (USA) and has organised over 1,000 weddings and events in his career. Next to that he’s also fellow of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters.

Kimberly Van Tornhout
Business Development

Kimberly is Vincent’s partner, both on a business level as in their personal lives. She has an eye for detail like no other in Belgium. Kimberly has acquired a rich experience in the organisation of top-class events and people are at a loss for words at her amazing decorations. She has already received a variety of awards during her career, in recognition of her extraordinarily high levels of professionalism.

Karin Ludwig
Senior Trainer Psychology

Karin is a former student of School for Butlers and Hospitality and has dedicated her skills to guiding people during life events. She has a great empathic capacity and assists the courses in all subjects related to psychology and interpersonal skills.

Mathieu Barbe
Senior Trainer Yachting

Mathieu trained at the Ivor Spencer International School for Butler Administrators, and has worked for some of private clients who are part of the world’s elite. He also spent a number of years as a butler on luxury cruises. He recently spent some time in China, teaching its new millionaires and their staff all the finer details of etiquette.

He is a specialist in training superyachts and has experience in this field from Monaco to Abu Dhabi, from Hamburg to Miami.

Robby Casteleyn
Guest trainer wine & cigars

For over ten years Robby worked as a service director for one of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, after which he was employed in a number of different top-class restaurants. This explains his unique expertise in the field of wine, cigars and etiquette, not to mention many other areas.

He has worked for UHNW families as personal butler and is a very driven individual.

Robby Casteleyn

Dirk Braem
Head butler

Dirk completed his training at School for Butlers and Hospitality in 2016. He has been the head butler ever since. He supports the school in technical and logistical matters but also on a hospitality level. He has over 30 years experience in organising high level voyages.

He is dedicated to delivering a high level service and assisting Mr Vermeulen during trainings.

Brigitte Balfoort
Etiquette expert

Brigitte is an authority regarding etiquette. She is a graduate of Minding Matters, London and is (co-)author of over 10 books about etiquette and royals.

She trains our students in all areas of etiquette: social, business, dining and of course everything around butler-etiquette.

Dominique Persoone
Shock Oh Latier

Dominique is a world known chocolate innovator. His chocolate creations have been noticed and ordered by the Rolling Stones, the Queen of Belgium and many other celebrities.

He also creates in private label the signature chocolates for 3 star Michelin chefs such as Peter Goossens and Sergio Herman. He shares his knowledge on an international level with innovators such as Heston Blumenthal, Spencer Tunick and René Redzepi of Noma. He recently won the first prize in the world competition and therefor it is our privilege that he shares his knowledge with our students.

Michel Van Tricht
Master cheese riper

Michel Van Tricht has been awarded by the Wall Street Journal the title of best cheese riper in Europe. He ripes cheeses in a very specific way. It is actually more caring than riping. His cheeses are to be found in the best restaurants around Europe and are coveted by the highest awarded Michelin chefs.

Under his direction, our butler students are guided during cheese tastings paired with beer. An unforgettable experience.

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