FCAT Board of Directors

Chair: John Boyle OBE

John’s initial career was in a Clearing Bank, coming to the Fylde Coast 28 years ago as an Area Manager. John has much experience in Finance, Accounting and Commercial Legal matters and of Corporate Governance. John has been a governor of Blackpool Sixth Form College for 12 years, latterly acting as Chair. He is a Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services, a Justice of the Peace and a National Leader of Governance (“NLG”).



Director: Peter Orr

Peter came to Poulton from Northern Ireland 30 years ago. He now runs his own Property Development Company, and prior to that was a Regional Director for a major High St Bank.

Director: Mark Gutteridge

Currently Business Director of Community Futures, a Third Sector infrastructure organisation, and with over 15 years of experience as a Governor covering Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education, Mark is now Chair of the Academy Council for Unity Academy Blackpool and the Chair of Armfield Academy Council.

Director: Jill Gray

Currently Principal of The Blackpool Sixth Form College having been in post-16 education for over 20 years, Jill originally trained in hospitality management, having visions of managing hotels worldwide. 

In 1994 her career took an unexpected turn when she entered the world of education initially as a teacher of tourism and hospitality before moving into middle management in 1998 and senior management in 2008.

Director: Sarah Chapman

Currently Head of HR Operations for Vaultex UK Ltd, a financial services company, as a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel Development, Sarah’s expertise within her field sits firmly within all aspects of strategic and operational Human Resources. Prior to her current role her career was predominately based in London within the Hospitality sector where her passion for working alongside schools and Further Education establishments, to bridge the gap between education and employment first took hold.

Sarah remains a passionate advocate for the right of education for all and is looking forward to supporting FCAT in achieving its goals.


Director: Wendy Middlemas

Wendy taught in schools in Blackpool and Lancashire for over 20 years, before taking up posts in Education and Children’s Services in local authorities.  As a project manager, she has worked on the Building Schools for the Future programmes in Knowsley and Manchester and the development of a number of free schools.

She was previously Chair of the Academy Council at Aspire Academy, Blackpool and is currently Chair of Directors at The Blackpool Sixth Form College.   Wendy originally hails from Merseyside but has lived in Blackpool with husband Andy for over 47 years. They have 4 children and are besotted by their 2 small grandchildren!


Director: Lisa Knowles

Chair of Hambleton Primary Academy. Lisa has lived in Hambleton for 30 years. She has two children and runs a local business in the community. She is passionate about local children's education and improving access to education for children of all abilities.

Director: Joel Arber


Joel is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Central Lancashire, an organization he joined as Director of Marketing and Communications in 2010. A passionate strategic marketer, communications expert and senior leader, Joel has spent his career working in marketing roles and at advertising agencies across a wide range of clients, including Marks and Spencer, Rolls-Royce, the Open University and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Joel has been a governor at Cockerham Parochial CE Primary School since 2012, taking up the Chair in 2014. He is also a director of Marketing Lancashire.




Director: Pete Murphy

Pete spent 30 years as a Police Officer and when he retired he was selected to stand as a Borough Councillor for Brock Ward. He is currently the Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Planning and Economic Development on Wyre Council.

He has served on the governing body at Garstang Academy for over twenty years, nearly all as Vice Chairman. He took over as Chairman when Garstang joined FCAT, perfect timing to oversee the new partnership.


Director: Nadine Galloway

Nadine has lived in Blackpool all her life apart from her years at University in Chester. She has taught in Blackpool schools for 30 years and is currently Head teacher at St John’s CE Primary School and Chair of Governors at Hodgson Academy.

Her passion is to ensure all children strive to reach above and beyond their full potential through skilled learning opportunities, provided by highest quality teaching. Nadine is looking forward to supporting FCAT to be ‘the best we can be’.










































































Fylde Coast Academy Trust Directors - Register of Business Interests 2018-19

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