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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Mrs J Robinson Foundation Governor & Estates Committee
Jane was educated at Gloddaeth Hall, Llandudno and is married with 3 children. Her son, Phillip attended Abbey Gate College between 1978 and 1984. A Founder Trustee and Governor she is now a Foundation Governor of the College. Jane was a member of the Social Committee for 30 years and currently sit as a member of the Estates Committee. She was also a founder member of the Chester Deva Rotary Club and Company Director of a family business and is an active member of Chester Golf Club. Jane sits on the Estates Committee.