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 C Swallow BSc FCA Chair of Finance
Chris joined the Board of Governors in 2013. He is a Partner with Howard Worth, Chartered Accountants, which has offices in Northwich and Nantwich. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he enjoys watching sports. He lives in Northwich with his wife Jane and their two children, one of whom is at Abbey Gate College.
Mr T Manning-Foster LLB Foundation Governor & Governor of Estates Committee
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 & Governor of 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.
Mr A Grime BEng MBA CEng MICE FCIWEM Estates Committee
Andrew attended Arnold School, Blackpool from 1959-1972 and went on to read Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. A career then followed in the water industry and, continuing his academic career, he gained an MBA with distinction from the University of Westminster in 1989. He is now Chairman of Weetwood, a firm that he set up in 1998 to specifically help developers address the water management and wider environmental issues that were increasingly threatening project viability. Locally, he has been heavily involved in the delivery of both the Saighton Camp residential development and Deeside Enterprise Zone. Outside of Weetwood, Andrew has held a number of governance positions: President of the Old Arnoldians’ Association in Blackpool, a trustee of Arnold School Development Fund and Governor of Arnold School, Blackpool. As a previous chair of Chester & District Housing Trust, he is now a Governor of Abbey Gate College where his daughter was a pupil. On a professional basis Andrew helps to foster future potential, acting as a professional reviewer of candidates seeking corporate membership of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management. For leisure, since the squash racquet was hung up, he focuses on hill walking and motorcycling.
Mrs A Tiplady CEng MIMechE, BEng (Hons), ACGI, MSc Vice Chairman of Governors & Governor of Estates Committee
Anna is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience working in the Petrochemical Industry. Her daughter is a pupil at Abbey Gate College and as a parent she fully supports the school's ethos of developing pupils' confidence to fulfil their potential in a safe and nurturing environment. Anna is looking forward to assisting the Board of Governors and College as a member of the Estates Committee and as liaison governor for Health and Safety.
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.