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 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
Saighton
Chester
CH3 6EN

Tel: 01244 332 077
Fax: 01244 335 510
Email: admin@abbeygatecollege.co.uk

 

 

Mrs F Taylor BA(Hons)Open, Cert Ed Dunelm Chair of the Board
Felicity was educated in the North East of England, first at Tynemouth Prep School followed by Central Newcastle High School, a GDST school, and then St Hild's College, Durham. She acquired many skills at Durham but notably learned to row and represented her college as an elite rower. After ten years of teaching in a social priority area she moved with her husband and children to North West England and joined the teaching force at The Grange School, Northwich. Felicity’s children subsequently attended the school and she became Head of Pre Prep and also Rowing Mistress. 15 years later she accepted the role of Head of Lower School at The Queen's School Chester. After a wonderful and rewarding career she recently retired from this role and is a trained inspector with ISI with an Early Years specialism. Felicity is looking forward to Governorship at Abbey Gate College with great enthusiasm as she enjoys being involved in the education of young people.
Mr P Carter Vice-Chair of Strategic Development
Paul has been a member of the Governing Body at Abbey Gate College since 2008, prior to which he served for a number of years on the social committee. Previously Chair of the Education Committee, Paul has recently taken on the newly created Strategic Development Committee. His son Todd is a former pupil, having enjoyed his time at Abbey Gate before moving on to Oxford University. During his career, Paul has been the Principal of a further education college in Cheshire and held a number of senior positions within local Government including Chief Inspector of Schools and Director of Education in a large shire County. In the private sector he was CEO of the HBS/Mouchel Education Group, and a Director and Board member with Place Group a national education outsourcing business. He has served as the Senior Education Director of Partnership for Schools, a non- departmental Government body within the Department for Education and is currently the Executive Principal and CEO of a large multi-academy trust. He sits on a number of national Government bodies including the Education Policy Advisory Board for Schools, the Studio Schools Trust, and the CBI Education Strategy Board, and also serves on a number of education and not-for-profit trusts.
Mr W G Osmond Welfare Health and Safety, Education, Safeguarding
Giles joined the Board in July 2013 and sits on the Welfare Health and Safety, 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 N Dutton Company Secretary/Chair of Estates Committee
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 and is now Chairman of the Estates Committee. 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.
Mr B Dawson LLB Finance
Brian’s daughter recently completed her studies at Abbey Gate College. She is currently taking a gap year, during which she is working with Sculptor Stephen Broadbent. In September she will be going to Falmouth University to study for a degree in illustration. Brian 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 D A Bunting FCA Finance
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 seve 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 has recently been voted as a Foundation Governor and is looking forward to continued, but reduced, involvement on the Main Board and the Finance Committee. Derek’s granddaughter is a pupil in our Infant & Junior School and two more of Derek's grandchildren will be starting in Infants later this year.