Meet the Governors

Foundation Members

Trevor Rawling - Chair

I am retired following a career in the International Chemicals Industry, where I worked in the UK and abroad and in a number of Senior Executive functions. I have been a Governor at SJD since 1999 which has allowed me to use my knowledge, skills and experience in a number of capacities and I am currently the Chair of the Corporation.


Alan Redley - Vice Chair

I have extensive Board level experience as head of an international commercial group and Chief Operating Officer of a company in California. I became a Governor in 2003 and aim to support the College using my business experience. I chair the Audit and Search Committees.


Lynda Allen

I started as a Parent Governor in the early 1990s, bringing to the Board the experience of a parent who had been involved with education both here and in the USA. I have been Chair and Vice Chair & now, as Vice Chair of SFCA, the SFCs national organization, am able to continue to contribute.



Kerry Kirkwood

Sixth Form Principal





Staff Members

Paul Allanach

I have worked at SJD since 2005. I am currently Head of Humanities, teaching History and Politics. I have been a staff Governor for three years, and sit on the Policy and Resources and Curriculum and Quality sub-committees.



Tracy Dover

I have worked at SJD since 2001 in the Management Information Systems (MIS) department. I was elected staff governor in October 2013 and sit on the Audit committee.



Community Members


Jane Hough

My working career encompasses 28 years in both the public and private sector in retail, commercial property, warehousing & distribution, the leisure industry and education. I have been a Governor at Sir John Deane’s College since July 2012 and I bring a wealth of experience within project management, finance and industry, my links with local partners and business to the governing body role.


Sheila Powell

For over 30 years I have enjoyed a varied career in education and for around 20 years I taught in a large Since relocating to Davenham 12 years ago I have worked across Cheshire schools teaching disadvantaged and disengaged students for whom attendance at school is an issue. I am now proud to be associated with Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College.


John Fifield

I am chairman of Osborne House Limited, the principal Developers of Gadbrook Park and Fifield Glyn Ltd, Chartered Surveyors, who are also based on Gadbrook Park. I am a former student of SJD (1963-65), work in commercial real estate. I live in Acton Bridge, married to Rosalind with 3 grown up children and 5 grandchildren. My interests include family, friends, business, politics and trying to play golf.


Jane Staley

My career has spanned both the private and charitable sectors and has allowed me to build up a variety of skills and knowledge that I hope will be of use to the governing body of the college. I live locally and have a daughter attending the college.



Gail Snelson

I have over thirty years’ experience in a variety of careers in both private and public sector companies. I am currently working as Treasurer of 146 (Northwich) Squadron ATC, a voluntary organisation with close links to the RAF, providing training and development opportunities for 13-20 year olds. I have two children, one completing her studies at SJD in June 2017 and one starting his SJD studies in September 2017.


Parent Member


Ken Beesley-Evans

For 20 years I have worked in various sales management positions and have gained significant negotiation experience at a senior level. I am an effective manager of people and business alike and thrive on a challenge. I have 2 children ( one son currently in the college studying A levels ) and one son aspiring to join the college in 2018. My interests around my career and family include various sports and a passion for a variety of music from different eras. 


Nathan Broad

I'm currently Group IT Director for a global Clinical Trials business and have spent over 25 years in IT. I've been the Compliance Officer for a European business and Chairman of the Trustees for a Defined Benefit pension scheme in the UK. As a new governor in 2017, I trust my knowledge and experience will add value, especially as I join the Audit and Search Committee. I've lived in Northwich for about 20 years and have a daughter in the college, with a son soon to follow.



Clerk to the Governors

Sian Armstrong - Clerk to the Governors

Sian Armstrong