Our Senior Leadership Team


Tony Nicholson


Tony Nicholson has held a range of senior positions in local schools including three Headships and a number of Executive Headships. He has been a National Leader of Education NLE, a National Challenge Adviser NCA, a Lancashire based School Improvement Partner and a SSAT Consultant Headteacher. He also worked as an Ofsted inspector whilst being Executive Principal and Hodgson Academy.

Tony was part of the founding team from Hodgson Academy and Blackpool Sixth Form College who collectively created the Fylde Coast Teaching School and thereafter, the Fylde Coast Academy Trust.

Previous to his current role Tony held the position of Deputy CEO.

Pam Birch OBE

Deputy CEO, Primary Quality Improvement, NLE
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’ third Headship.
2005 - 2013 Principal Ashton Community Science College, Preston.
Chris took Ashton from Satisfactory to Outstanding.

Phil Birch


Executive Principal of Blackpool Aspire Academy.
Phil was Headteacher of Garstang High School and subsequently Garstang Community Academy during which the school significantly improved to it's present 'Good' Ofsted rating.

Sean Bullen


Executive Headteacher at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College.

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.
Sean is an NLE and former Chair of Lancashire Secondary Heads.

Susan Wilson

Sue has been Headteacher of two Blackpool Primary School's and is presently Executive Principal of Westminster Academy. 

Sue is an NLE.


Stephen Cox

Executive Principal of Garstang Community Academy and Headteacher of Ribblesdale High School.

Stephen is an experienced Headteacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Coaching, Educational Leadership, Secondary Education, Teaching, and Change Management.

He is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in Educational Leadership from The Open University. National Leader of Education with experience of a selection of school to school support. Chair of Lancashire Association of Secondary Headteachers.

Sarah Bamber

Executive Principal

Presently Principal of Mereside Primary School. Sarah joined FCAT having being the Headteacher of Strike Lane Primary School in Freckleton where under her leadership the school was judged 'Outstanding'.

Sarah is a NLE.