The Board of Governors at the College is a highly committed and hard working group who give their time freely to support the leadership team in delivery of the key initiatives outlined in the College's strategic vision. We still have on the Board a number of the founding governors and parents who took on the task of setting up the College 40 years ago, and continue to support it to this day.

Foundation Governors

Governors who have served not less than 25 years may be offered the position of Foundation Governors. They are entitled to attend, but not vote at, Governor’s meetings and do not have the legal responsibilities of Governors.

All correspondence for the Chairman of Governors should be sent to the following address:

Abbey Gate College
Saighton Grange

Tel: 01244 332 077
Fax: 01244 335 510
Email: admin@abbeygatecollege.co.uk



Mr A Grime BEng MBA CEng MICE FCIWEM Chair of Governors & Chair of Estates Committee
Andrew attended Arnold School, Blackpool from 1959-1972 and went on to read Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. A career then followed in the water industry and, continuing his academic career, he gained an MBA with distinction from the University of Westminster in 1989. He is now a Director of Weetwood, a firm that he set up in 1998 to specifically help developers address the water management and wider environmental issues that were increasingly threatening project viability. Locally, he has been heavily involved in the delivery of both the Saighton Camp residential development and the Airfields development at Deeside. Outside of Weetwood, Andrew has held a number of governance positions: President of the Old Arnoldians’ Association in Blackpool, a trustee of Arnold School Development Fund and Governor of Arnold School, Blackpool. As a previous chair of Chester & District Housing Trust, he is now a Governor of Abbey Gate College where his daughter was a pupil. On a professional basis Andrew helps to foster future potential, acting as a professional reviewer of candidates seeking corporate membership of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management. For leisure, since the squash racquet was hung up, he focuses on hill walking and motorcycling.
Miss E Bunting MA FCCA Chair of Finance Committee
Emma is a former pupil of Abbey Gate College and she graduated from York University with a Masters degree in Music. After University she was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Llandaff Cathedral School and later Head of Music at Upton House, Windsor. At the age of 29 Emma pursued a career in finance, and after qualifying as an accountant in practice, she joined Tetrapak, then Marks and Spencer where she spent over 10 years working in the U.K. and Europe. She followed her interest in technology in business and became the founding Finance Director of a web comparison site growing the business from start up to acquisition. She has been involved in start ups ever since and is. currently CFO of Enso Impact which provides educational opportunities in Africa. Emma has been a Business Mentor with the Princes Trust since 2009 supporting young adults in business through their Enterprise programme. She joined the Board and Finance Committee in 2016 She has a passion for music and the impact this can have on young people and is a keen musician herself. Emma also enjoys sailing and open water swimming.
Mr R Flood MSc CEng CEnv MICE FCIHT Deputy Chair of Estates Committee
Richard joined the Board in 2016 and has been a member of the Trust since 1999. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has been working in the engineering & planning sector since 1990. More recently, Richard has become a director of an engineering management consultancy that provides advice to senior management of public sector organisations. After gaining a Master’s Degree at Salford University, he became a Chartered Civil Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and later a Chartered Environmentalist. Richard is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and helps to develop future potential by acting as a mentor to young engineers helping to enable them to gain professional qualifications. He is a former pupil of Abbey Gate College and lives in Chester with his wife Sara, who is a teacher, and their son George.
Mr B Wake Governor & Company Secretary
Brian was born and raised in Hong Kong until he came to board at St. Joseph’s College, Blackpool in 1965. He went on to attend Prior Park College in Bath, Liverpool University and the College of Law in Christleton, Chester. He qualified as a solicitor in the City of London with a Magic Circle firm, and now works in Chester as a consultant solicitor specialising in minerals, environment, renewable energy and telecomms. Brian’s two children both attended Abbey Gate College, following which his daughter went on to read Law, and his son Ancient History and Archaeology, both at Liverpool University. Brian has also just been appointed Company Secretary of Deeside House Educational Trust. Outside of work and his Abbey Gate College commitments, Brian enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, watching rugby league, fly fishing and walking his black Labrador Jack.
Mr B Dawson LLB Finance Committee
Brian’s daughter is a former pupil of Abbey Gate College. He joined the Board of Governors in 2013 and sits on the Finance Committee. He is a Deputy District Judge and a mediator and was the former Senior Partner, Director and Chairman of Walker Smith Way Solicitors before the firm was amalgamated with the Australian law firm Slater and Gordon in May 2015. He was also former president of the Chester and North Wales Law Society. Brian hopes to use the skills he has learned in his various roles to assist the Board and with the governance of the school. In his spare time, Brian enjoys skiing and hiking in the Alps with his family, as well as being a keen sailor.
Mr E Trevor-Barnston Governor
Ed commissioned from Sandhurst and spent six years in the army half of which was serving with Commando forces operating worldwide. He left to get married to Kate and they lived in New Zealand. He retrained and became an investment manager working for ABN AMRO. Ed and Kate returned in 2010 with their two boys both of whom attend Abbey Gate College. Ed is now the Rural Asset Manager running Barnston Estate comprising 1,800 acres with multiple farms, forestry operations, renewable energy interests, a business park, residential lets and land development. The Estate provides housing and employment for 200 people. In addition, Ed sits on the national council for the Country Landowners and Business Association to try and shape DEFRA Policy to promote business in the rural economy, is Vice-Chairman of Cheshire CLA and has been appointed to the Cheshire West Rural Growth Board, he is a governor of the Oldfield Educational Trust overseeing six Cheshire farms, is a 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholar, and now chairs the fundraising board for bursaries at Abbey Gate College.