Peter has spent his entire career working in the charity sector, predominantly with children and young people. He is currently the CEO of Wide Horizons, an Outdoor Education charity which works with over 44,000 young people each year. Prior to this Peter was the strategic lead for the voluntary sector and early years for the Department of Education whilst Director or Operations at 4Children, but spent the majority of his career in different roles at the Scout Association.
As a volunteer Peter is still active in Scouting at a national and local level, an instructor and assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and a Magistrate.
Ann Fisher is a Partner at the Shrewsbury-based legal firm Hatchers Solicitors LLP.
Ann has a particular interest in advising owner managed businesses on a wide range of matters including business sales and acquisitions, start-ups, shareholder agreements, articles of association, share options, joint ventures, intellectual property, agency and distribution, manufacturing and supply agreements, e-commerce, website terms and conditions and general commercial contracts.
Ann works with a number of partnerships, including medical practices and farming partnerships, advising on issues such as succession planning, retirement and admission of new partners. She acts for a wide range of not for profit organisations, including charities, schools and societies, advising on matters such as constitution, company secretarial and commercial contracts. She is Company Secretary of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.
Ann is married with four (grown up) children. She lives near Market Drayton, on the borders of Shropshire and Staffordshire and she is a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire. Ann is also a member of Council at Lichfield Cathedral and for several years served as Deputy Pro-Chancellor at Keele University. Ann is passionate about education and has been a school governor for many years, as well as a trustee at the Willoughbridge Garden Trust.
Originally from the West Midlands, Ann studied at Oxford University where she gained a Master’s degree in biochemistry. She subsequently studied law at Staffordshire University and the College of Law in Chester. Whilst at Oxford she was a keen oarswoman, earning her ‘Blue’ as captain of the university women’s boat race crew.
Professor Anna Sutton
Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Chester, Provost University Centre, Shrewsbury
Anna Sutton came to Chester in August 2002 as Deputy Dean of Education. She was appointed as Dean of the Faculty in August 2004 and in September 2010 became Executive Dean.
Cert. Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., FRSA
Anna trained to teach at St Mary’s College Bangor qualifying in 1973 when she began her career as a primary school teacher. In 1984 she was appointed to the headship of an Infants’ School.
She moved into Higher Education and teacher training in the 1980s, first as a senior lecturer, and then as a principal lecturer in Early Childhood and Education. During this period she worked abroad in Palestine, in Sweden and in America on projects associated with Early Years initial teacher training and the in-service education of teachers.
Faculty Dean Education and Children’s Services
From 2004 until 2017 Anna was the Faculty Dean for Education and Children’s Services. Anna’s main concern as Dean was to ensure that the wide range of programmes offered by the Faculty are of the highest quality, and that students benefit from, and enjoy, their time at Chester. The Faculty has developed an excellent reputation for teacher training and teacher education.
As Executive Dean Anna undertakes significant duties outside the Faculty. She is also a Director of a local privately run school. Anna has acted as external examiner for a number of other UK universities.
Though much of her work is concerned with strategic matters to ensure the continued high reputation and progress of the Faculty, she retains her interest in early childhood study.
Provost University Centre Shrewsbury
In September 2015, Anna was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Chester and Provost of the University Centre Shrewsbury. This is an exciting new development in partnership with Shropshire Council. The Centre opened with both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying in the newly refurbished Guildhall on the banks of the river Severn.
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Anna was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2017. As Deputy Vice Chancellor Anna has a specific responsibility for the development of cultural links between the city of Chester and the University. In September 2016 the Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning was established to build on the previous work of the Faculty of Education and Children's Services involving outreach activity with partner schools.
This centre will bring together all interested parties for the Arts across the University and collaborate with local cultural development and activity. She continues as Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury.
Apart from her work, Anna’s personal enjoyment comes from music and theatre, an interest in art and architecture, and spending as much time as she can in Italy.
Diocese of Lichfield Central Education Academy Trust, Education focus.