Professor Anna Sutton

Pro Vice Chancellor, Provost University Centre Shrewsbury, 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


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.

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.

As Executive Dean Anna undertakes significant duties outside the Faculty. These include her role as Trustee for the University of Chester Academies Trust. 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 Guild Hall on the banks of the river Severn.

Pro Vice Chancellor 

As Pro Vice chancellor Anna has a specific responsibility for the devolpment 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 invoving 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.


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.