Dean of Education and Children's Services

Provost for University Centre Shrewsbury and Executive Dean of Education and Children's Services
Anna Sutton - Dean of Education and Children's services

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


Professor Anna Sutton was appointed Provost for University Centre Shrewsbury in 2015. 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.

The role of Faculty Dean

Anna’s main concern as Dean is 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. It was awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade in the most recent Ofsted inspection for all its primary teacher training programmes.

She also has overall responsibility for the welfare and professional development of staff, the Faculty’s international links and research, its partnership development and its cultural and community work.

An additional part of her remit is to ensure that the Faculty responds to changing government policy, and its frequent new initiatives in education and children’s services. She has worked with the Government Teaching Agency to devise and put in place new provision to support national policy change.

As Executive Dean Anna undertakes significant duties outside the Faculty. These include her role as Trustee for the University of Chester Academies Trust, and acting as external examiner for a number of other UK universities. She is currently centrally involved in a project with Manchester Camerata. This leading chamber orchestra is now working closely with the Faculty and some of its partner schools.

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 research associated with early childhood. She enjoys visiting schools to observe trainees in action in the classroom and is mindful of the need to train future teachers to a high standard.

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.