Mark Gutteridge, Sponsor Governor and Chair of the Academy Council
A Governor for over 15 years with experience in Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education. Mark is the Business Director of Community Futures a Third Sector infrastructure organisation.
Derek Yarwood BSc (Hons), PGCE, Sponsor Governor
Principal of Hodgson Academy since 2016, Derek has worked at Hodgson his entire teaching career. He has also worked for Blackpool Schools FA for 13 years and Lancashire Schools FA for 7 years as a football coach/manager. As a former Palatine and Blackpool Sixth Form student he has a vested interest in education in the area. Derek is a passionate Blackpool Football Club Supporter!
Julie Brotherton, FCAT Governor
Blackpool born and bred, Julie had over 25 years of management experience in large commercial organisations before founding her own executive coaching and leadership development company. She’s passionate about helping others to achieve their potential.
Mr John Armfield, FCAT Governor
Mrs Samantha Beach, Staff Governor
Mrs Sandra Lawton, Staff Governor
Mr Oliver Byrne, Parent Governor
Ms Alison McEwan, Parent Governor
Mark Kilmurray, Head of School
Mark has worked within the North West and in Education for 20+ years, having started his career in the East of the county as a English teacher in Nelson, Pendle. Mark went on to be an Advanced Skills Teacher for English, supporting colleagues within a number of schools in Lancashire and the Blackpool and Fylde area. Prior to joining FCAT Mark was Deputy Headteacher at Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, a successful 11-16 school in Thornton, Cleveleys. Most recently he has been delivering the role of Associate Principal, supporting the trust within another local FCAT school. Outside the school environment Mark is a huge fan of Formula 1 and Liverpool Football Club. However, his heart is reserved for his two Springer Spaniels, Ollie and Lulu.
Chris Lickiss BSc (Hons), NPQH, Executive Principal
Chris has worked within the North West and in Education for 30+ years, having started his career as a Mathematics teacher in Morecambe. Prior to joining FCAT Chris was Principal of Ashton Community Science College for 8+ years, a successful 11-18 school in Preston, which he led to outstanding. Most recently he has led Unity Academy as Principal over 4 years resulting in Unity achieving a good Ofsted grading in 2017. He was also appointed a National Leader for Education in 2011. Outside the school environment Chris is a huge football fan, supporting the mighty tangerines.
Please note: The address of the chair is care of the school - Armfield Academy, Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1JG
Structure of the Academy Council
The Academy Council shall have the following members:
|Type of Member||Number||Term of Office||Selected by|
|Executive Principal/Designated NLE||1||Indefinite||Appointment as Executive Principal by FCAT Board|
|Head of School||1||Indefinite||Appointment as Head of School by FCAT Board|
|Sponsor Governor||Up to 5||4 years||Appointment by FCAT Board with reference to the skills matrix following an interview process|
|Staff Governor||2||2 years||Staff election – secret ballot to be organized by Academy in line with the Election Policy|
|Parent Governor||2||2 years||Parent election – secret ballot to be organized by Academy in line with the Election Policy|
|Clerk to the Academy Council||1||Indefinite – to be reviewed by FCAT Board on an annual basis||Appointment by FCAT Board|
The Chair and Vice-Chair will be appointed by the FCAT Board.
A Governor shall cease to hold office by resignation, removal or disqualification in line with the Articles of Association. The Academy Council may establish sub-committees as it sees fit, however, the delegated authorities will remain with the Academy Council.
Academy Council Terms of Reference
Full Academy Council
Members of the Academy Senior Management Team as required/
|Chair:||Chair of the Academy Council|
|Quorum:||50% of the Academy Council rounded up, of which at least two must be Sponsor Governors|
|Clerk:||FCAT will appoint a Clerk at the beginning of each academic year|
|Frequency:||At least half-termly (six times per academic year)|
|Method of Reporting to FCAT:||Minutes of Academy Council meetings will be submitted to the FCAT Board of Directors after circulation to the Academy Council Governors|
|Overall Purpose of the Academy Council:||
To monitor and advise FCAT on the following:
In carrying out all its responsibilities the Council must act:
|Terms of Reference:||
To monitor the effectiveness of the Academy’s Behaviour Policy and procedures. The monitoring should include regular consideration of a report from the Principal on behaviour at the Academy, including:
To ensure that the Academy: