Our Senior Leadership Team


Tony Nicholson

CEO, NLE, Former Ofsted Inspector

Interim Principal Montgomery High School from 2015 - 2016 taking the academy out of Special Measures in that time.

Currently Executive Principal at Hodgson Academy (Outstanding) since 2008.

Pam Birch

Deputy CEO, Primary Quality Improvement, NLE, Ofsted Inspector
Executive Principal Hambleton Academy since 2001.
Pam took Hambleton from Serious Weaknesses to Outstanding.
Executive Principal FCAT in charge of Primary Quality since 2015.

Chris Lickiss

Deputy CEO, Secondary Quality Improvement, NLE
Executive Principal FCAT
2013 - 2017 Principal Unity Academy.
Unity was Chris’s third Headship.
2005 - 2013 Principal Ashton Community Science College, Preston.
Chris took Ashton from Satisfactory to Outstanding.

Phil Birch

Executive Principal of Garstang Community Academy and Blackpool Aspire Academy Blackpool

Sean Bullen

NLE, Chair of Lancashire Secondary Heads.

Headteacher at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College since 2007.

Sean took Millfield from an Ofsted Notice to Improve to Good. Leadership was judged as Outstanding.
National PP award winners 2014.
Executive Principal at Montgomery.

Susan Wilson


Executive Principal

Westcliff Primary School, Gateway Primary Academy and Mereside Primary School.