About


Governors

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
Saighton
Chester
CH3 6EN

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

 

 

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.
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.
Canon Precentor Jeremy Dussek Governor
Jeremy was appointed to the Board on 11th November 2015 and continues the much valued link with Chester Cathedral. His appointment as Canon Precentor at the Cathedral in September 2014 was a natural step to fulfil his vocation in serving God with his musical, pastoral and liturgical gifts.
Mr N Dutton Foundation Governor
Noel is a founding member of Deeside House Educational Trust Limited. His son Ian was one of the pupils at Abbey Gate College on opening day in 1977 and his daughter, Sarah, completed her Sixth Form at the College. He became a Governor and the Company Secretary in 1985. Noel was educated at Chester City Grammar School before spending five years in London studying and working in commercial photography. Before retiring, Noel was a partner in a small independent retail business. He has served both as a member and Chairman of his Parish Council and through that appointment is a trustee of a small educational charity. He has also served a four year term as a primary school Governor. Noel sits on the Estates Committee.
Mrs M Ellis Education Commitee
Having completed her degree, BA (Hons) Law, Michele went on to become a Bar Clerk in Liverpool working her way up to becoming Senior Clerk at Peel House Chambers, Harrington Street, Liverpool. Michele retired to start a family, having two boys Matthew and Christopher both of whom attended the Firs School and Abbey Gate College; Matthew going on to study Product Design at Central St Martins (University College London) and Christopher went on to start his own business. Michele became very involved at both schools' first as Chair of the Firs School Development Fund and then as Chair of the Abbey Gate College Parent Teachers and Friends Association, serving ten years at each school. Michele is a keen power walker and has taken part in the London Marathon, Great North Run and two London Moon Walks, personally raising £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer care and the Neuro Muscular Centre in Cheshire.
Mr T Stanley Governor
Tim is a local dentist brought up just over the border in North Wales. He attended Mold Alun Grammar School before departing for London and Guy's Hospital Dental school where he obtained his degree together with additional qualifications from the Royal College of Surgeons. Tim`s son Oliver attended Abbey Gate College and after many happy years was appointed Head Boy in 2005. The association with Abbey Gate continued after his departure to University as Tim was appointed a member of the Trust in 2006. Tim is a keen sportsman, currently heavily involved in many country pursuits. He has in the past played representative rugby and retains a keen interest in athletics and sailing. He is currently a member of several institutions within the City of Chester. He was appointed by the board on 30th November 2016 and joined the Finance Committee.