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

 

 

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 I Dutton 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 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.
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.
Mr D A Bunting FCA Foundation Governor
Derek is a founding Director of Abbey Gate College. His twin girls Emma and Katie started at Saighton Grange with 60 other pupils on the very first day we opened on 8th September 1977. Derek is a Chartered Accountant who, after qualifying with Price Waterhouse in Newcastle upon Tyne, did his National Service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery serving in Hong Kong. He then worked in the Food Industry for two major groups, Cerebos Ltd for 12 years and spent the following 30 years with Edward Billington & Son Ltd of Liverpool as Managing Director and later Chairman of their subsidiary food and packaging companies. During his last seven years he was their Group Finance Director before retiring in 1997. Derek looked after the College’s finances and administration for 25 years, and was voted Chairman of Governors in 1992, serving for 11 years. He is currently a Foundation Governor and is looking forward to continued, but reduced, involvement on the Main Board. Derek’s granddaughters attend the Infant and Junior School.
Mr T Manning-Foster LLB Foundation Governor
Trevor was the first chair of Deeside House Educational Trust Limited, holding the first formation meeting in 1974, having set up the charity and negotiated the lease for the College. All three of his children were educated at Abbey Gate, enrolling on the first day. Trevor practised as a solicitor and was a Partner in Walker Smith and Way (as it then was) in Chester, Wrexham and Ellesmere Port, retiring in 1998. He serves on the Estates and Safety Committees and is a Foundation Governor.