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



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.
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.
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.