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 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.
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 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 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.