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

Jill is the Principal of The Blackpool Sixth Form College, having been in post-16 education for over 25 years. She initially joined education as a teacher of tourism and hospitality before moving into middle management in 1998, senior management in 2008, and into her current role as Principal in 2015. Jill is also 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: 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.













































































Fylde Coast Academy Trust Directors - Register of Business Interests 2019-20