FCAT Board of Directors

Chair: John Boyle OBE
JP, Chartered ALIBF, NLG

John’s initial career was a chartered banker being area manager for a large clearing bank, before founding his own financial services company. John is a founding member and director of FCAT. He was chair of directors at The Blackpool Sixth Form College for 17 years.

In recent years John acts as an adviser to the Department for Education on financial, governance and structural matters especially with regard to sixth form colleges and academy trusts.



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.

Jill is currently the Principal of Blackpool Sixth and the CEO of Fylde Coast Teaching School.

Director: Paul Frew

Paul has over two decades of success in Operational management and leadership;

18 years with a Global Leader in Business Process Transformation and more recently as Chief Operations Officer for one of the UK’s Top-10 IT Resellers.

Paul is extremely proud to have the opportunity support, influence and develop the education path of young people while continuing to support the local community.

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 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 Managing Consultant and Group Head of Business Development for the SUMS Group, a not-for-profit charitable consultancy owned by its member universities. Prior to joining SUMS in 2019, Joel was 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 was a governor at Cockerham Parochial CE Primary School from 2012 to 2019, and served five years as Chair. He serves on the FCAT Board as Deputy Chair, and as Chair of the Remuneration Committee.



Director: Pete Murphy

Pete spent 30 years as a Police Officer, then 12 years on Wyre Council.

He now spends his time between Chair of Governors at Garstang Community Academy and Chairman of Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust. 

Director: Iain Siddall

Iain has been employed at Hodgson Academy since 2010, initially as Head of Mathematics and working his way up to Headteacher in September 2019.  Prior to this, Iain worked in schools in the Bolton and Manchester area.

Iain has seen and participated in the growth of FCAT since it's inception and is looking forward to supporting the trust to improve the life chances of the Fylde coast's children.

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 2019-20