A Shared Ambition For Excellence


Paul Allen 

My work in the education sector spans over 25 years, working with sixth form and further education colleges, schools, academies and multi academy trusts. My particular area of expertise is in providing strategic property advice in relation to funding and estate needs. I am a long-standing member of a national forum helping to disseminate best practice and offer advice to both colleges and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. I am also chairman of a national company that has specialised in advising academies and multi academy trusts. To date we have advised over 750 academies and successfully bid for over £250 million of capital funding for this sector. Looking forward, I am hoping to be able to put my knowledge and experience to good use assisting The Sir John Brunner Foundation in my role as Trustee.

Liz Bromley

I was born in Lach Dennis and attended Northwich Girls’ Grammar School before joining Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College as part of the first intake of girls to the lower sixth. Going on to study English at Oxford, I had a long career working in Higher Education, specialising in delivering an excellent student experience. I have three daughters, a son, a step son and one granddaughter. Married to Andrew, I live in Davenham and am deputy vice chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire.

Kerry Kirkwood

Chief Executive Officer of the Sir John Brunner Foundation and Principal of Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College.

Steve Pegg

I have worked in education for 40 years at schools and colleges across the north west. I was Principal at Newman College Preston for nine years following time as a senior leader at Leyland’s, Runshaw College. I am currently Deputy CEO and Director of Alps – the post 16 training and faults organisation based in Huddersfield. I’m married with one son at university, outside of work I enjoy cricket, reading, the theatre and Everton FC.

Alan Redley (Chair) 

I have extensive board level experience as Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of a company in California and as head of an international commercial group.  Prior to that I was responsible for maintenance and operations of large chemical plants in the UK.  As a Trustee of the Sir John Brunner Foundation, I want to use my business experience to support establishment and development of the Trust.  I have been a Governor of Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College since 2003 and stood down as Chair of Governors on appointment as Chair of Trustees.



Lynda Allen

I have experience of education both in the UK and in the USA.  I am the elected Vice Chair and a member of the Council of the Sixth Form Colleges Association.  This involves working at a national level with the SFCA Governance committee and also on the negotiating committee for the annual pay negotiations for teachers and support staff.  I was a Parent Governor at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in the early 1990s when my son was attending the College.  He then went on to read medicine at Cambridge and Oxford and is now a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at the University College London Hospital.    I was previously Chair of the Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College corporation and am currently a governor at the College and also at Cuddington Primary School.

Doug Shingler (ex-officio as Chair of the Foundation Scheme Governors) 

I served for 29 years as an aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy, followed by 10 years as a Technical Officer with the Meat and Livestock Commission. I was appointed to the Governing Body of Weaverham High School in 2001 and remained a Governor until 2013. Having been elected to Vale Royal Borough Council in 2003, I was appointed to represent the Council on the Sir John Deane’s Foundation, the charitable body which owns the college site and manages various charitable legacies, in July 2007.  In the same year I also had the great privilege of being Mayor Of Vale Royal. In 2009, on the demise of VRBC, I was elected a cooptative member of the Foundation Board, following which I was elected its Vice Chairman in October 2011 and Chairman in October 2012, a post which I still hold.

Jane Staley

I have been a governor at both Weaverham High School and Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College and have close links to Kingsmead Primary School.  Both of my daughters attended Sir John Deane’s College and have gone on to study journalism and architectural engineering at Winchester and Leeds respectively. My career has spanned both the private and charitable sectors and has allowed me to build up a variety of skills and knowledge.


Register of Interests
Governance Structure