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



Mrs F Taylor BA(Hons)Open, Cert Ed Dunelm Chair of Governors
Felicity was educated in the North East of England, first at Tynemouth Prep School followed by Central Newcastle High School, a GDST school, and then St Hild's College, Durham. She acquired many skills at Durham but notably learned to row and represented her college as an elite rower. After ten years of teaching in a social priority area she moved with her husband and children to North West England and joined the teaching force at The Grange School, Northwich. Felicity’s children subsequently attended the school and she became Head of Pre Prep and also Rowing Mistress. 15 years later she accepted the role of Head of Lower School at The Queen's School Chester. After a wonderful and rewarding career she recently retired from this role and is a trained inspector with ISI with an Early Years specialism. Felicity is looking forward to Governorship at Abbey Gate College with great enthusiasm as she enjoys being involved in the education of young people.
Mr I Dutton Chair to Education Committee & SEND Governor
Ian is an ex-Secondary Headteacher responsible for outstanding outcomes at both the schools where he was in charge. An accredited and experienced School Improvement Partner, Ian has a wealth of experience in many aspects of education covering all phases having also worked as Senior Improvement Manager within a local authority. Whilst in this role Ian advised various DfE working parties on topics such as the implementation of the Steer Report (addressing behaviour management in schools), and improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children and young people. Ian has also worked with and advised the Welsh Assembly specifically around improving the outcomes for Looked After Children. Assessed as an outstanding leader, Ian's most recent work includes delivering leadership presentations and seminars/workshops to school leaders addressing whole school improvement,as well as supporting and coaching headteachers, mentoring newly appointed headteachers and supporting governing bodies. Ian is passionate about improving life chances for children and young people and whole school improvement; he is conscientious, a highly respected professional who delivers in an engaging manner whether the audience be NQT's, Heads, Governing Bodies, consultants or children and young people. A team player Ian also enjoyed a nationwide reputation in the field of behaviour management.
Mr A Grime BEng MBA CEng MICE FCIWEM 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 Chairman 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 Deeside Enterprise Zone. 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.
Ms J Lucy Chair to Safeguarding Committee & Prevent Governor
Jo has 2 children at the school and has been a member of the board since 2015. She specialises in business transformation with 30 years experience working in retail, FMCG and banking. She is passionate about education and also sits on the board of Cheshire Academy Trust. Jo chairs the Well-being & Safeguarding Committee at Abbey Gate College.
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 W G Osmond Deputy Chair of Safeguarding Committee
Giles joined the Board in July 2013 and sits on the Education and Safeguarding Committees. After gaining an MSc degree from Cranfield University he served in the Army for 33 years with a final rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On leaving the Army, he was appointed Bursar of Abbey Gate in 1999 and retired in August 2010. Giles spent 4 years as a Governor of a small maintained sector primary school and is currently the Treasurer of his local church.