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.

Paul Allen (Vice Chair)

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.

Liz Bromley (Vice Chair)

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. I live in Davenham and am the former deputy vice chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire and now CEO of NCG.

Kerry Kirkwood

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

Catriona Stewart

I studied Design for Communication Media at Manchester Polytechnic and before teaching my work included illustration at The British Museum and graphic design/ illustration for museums in Cheshire. I was also, briefly, a fresco restorer in Italy. My first teaching job was at Victoria Road, Northwich after which I became deputy head of a school with provision for children with BESD where I also worked as acting head for the last two years. Following a short stint as deputy head at a large, diverse school in inner-city Manchester, I returned to live in Northwich in 2004 to take up the headship at Kingsmead where I have worked since the school’s opening in 2004 and am now qualified as a specialist dyslexia teacher. I have worked for CWAC as a Local Leader in Education from 2017 and as an Associate School Improvement Advisor. I have trained to inspect schools for Ofsted and undertook some additional work in school inspection. I have one daughter, who attended Sir John Deane’s and is also a teacher.

Chris Penter

I graduated from Nottingham University with a BEd and also hold an MA from Newcastle University and an advanced diploma in International Leadership Consultancy from Manchester University.  I have spent over forty years in education with fifteen as headteacher of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Secondary School. This was followed by a spell as a Deputy Director of Inspections working with Ofsted and six years as Director of Education with Nord Anglia International Schools. I have also lectured on post graduate and educational leadership (NPQH) programmes at Manchester University. I am an old boy of Sir John Deane’s Grammar School and until recently was Chair of Governors at The County High School Leftwich. I am married and retired and spend a good deal of time working in the community and charity fundraising through public speaking.

Kevin Neary



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.


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Governance Structure