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 39 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 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.
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 Governor
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 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.