The Proprietor of UTC Warrington is the ‘UTC Warrington Trust’.

The Trust’s registered office is:
UTC Warrington
Dallam Lane

Company Registration Number: 8714780 (England & Wales)

University Technical College Warrington – Trust Board Members 

Name Role Date Appointed Appointing Body
M Houghton Chair of Trustees 09/01/2016 Members
P Middlehurst Trustee 09/09/2020 Trust Board
J McCann Trustee 01/09/2016 Members
I Critchley Trustee 07/10/2019 Members
J Patterson Trustee 01/09/2016 Members
J Thomason Trustee 12/03/2018 Trust Board
P Gibbens Trustee 30/04/2020 Trust Board
T Jennings Trustee 30/04/2020 Trust Board
N Merriman Trustee 30/04/2020 Trust Board

Chair of Trustees: Mike Houghton(

The Chair of the Trust Board can be contacted at:
UTC Warrington
Dallam Lane

Trust Board

The Department for Education Governance Handbook identifies three core strategic functions for school Trust Boards and Trustees:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

At UTC Warrington, we are fortunate to have a supportive and dedicated Trust Board. Its members bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences. Members of our Trust Board give freely their time to ensure the continued improvement and success of our school. Their commitment and expertise is a vital element of the college.

The Trust Board meets as a full trust board regularly, with a dedicated Audit & Risk sub-committee. Some audit and financial decisions are discussed at length within this committee and ratified at full Trust Board meetings.

An AGM is held annually with members.

Please see scheme of delegation for governance decision making.

Trustee Information and Business Interests

Name Role Date appointed Relevant business and pecuniary interests Trusteeships and governorships at other educational establishments/charities Personal relationships with the trust employees or other members/trustees/governors Date interest declared
M Houghton Chair of Trustees 01/09/2016 Programme Director of Jacobs PLC Member of Mosaic Academy Trust None 26/10/2020
J McCann Trustee 01/09/2016 None None None 26/10/2020
I Critchley Trustee 07/10/2019 Principal at the Grange Academy – Wade Deacon Trust Vice Chair of Management Committee at the Bridge School, Runcorn/ Vice Chair of Governors at St. Philips CofE Primary, Westbrook. None 07/10/2020
J Patterson Trustee 01/09/2016 None None 19/10/2020
J Thomason Trustee 12/03/2016 Director/Company Secretary of Simian Risk Management Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd, Director Simian Aspects Training Limited None None 19/10/2020
P Gibbens Trustee 30/04/2020 National Specialism Director, Hays Specialist Recruitment – I work for Hays Specialist Recruitment who supply Teaching staff to the UTC Warrington. I’m the National Specialism Director for Engineering and don’t have any involvement with our Education Division. None None 19/10/2020
T Jennings Trustee 30/04/2020 Bewsey & Whitecross Councillor – Warrington B, Non-Exec Director (appointed by WBC) – Warrington’s Own Busesorough Council (WBC), Managing Director – Get Seen Media ltd, Managing Director – We are Civitas ltd, Managing Director – Creo Rooms ltd, Non-exec Director (appointed by WBC) – Torus FoundaGon, Board member (appointed by WBC) – LiveWire None None 30/10/2020
N Merriman Trustee 30/04/2020 Managing Director, Get Seen Media Ltd; Managing Director, Creo Rooms Ltd; Councillor, Warrington Borough Council None None 17/06/2020
P Middlehurst Trustee 09/09/2020 On Air consultancy ltd director None 09/11/2020