Academy Council & Register of Business Interests

Mark Gutteridge, Chair of the Academy Council
Michelle Bateman BA(Hons), PGCE, Staff Governor
Ben Mashiter, Staff Governor
Ashley Hackett, FCAT Governor
Susan Barlow, FCAT Governor
Phillip Grant, FCAT Governor
Zoe Spencer, Parent Governor
Paula Gray, Parent Governor
** Governor VACANCY **
Stephen Cooke BSc (Hons), Unity Academy Headteacher
Chris Lickiss BSc (Hons), NPQH, Executive Headteacher


Please note: The address of the chair is care of the school - Unity Academy Blackpool, Warbreck Hill Road , Blackpool, Lancashire , FY2 0TS


The Academy Council plays a vital role in the governance and accountability of Unity Academy Blackpool; its responsibilities include:

·         Support the vision and direction of FCAT

·         Set and review the vision and direction for Unity Academy within the framework of FCAT’s vision

·         Approval of Unity Academy's budget

·         Oversee the financial monitoring of Unity Academy.

·         Hold the Unity Academy Principal to account for standards and report annually to the Directors

·         Act as a critical friend to the Unity Academy Headteacher

·         Approval of capital programmes before submission to the Board of Directors

The Academy Council is not responsible for the operational and day to day management of Unity Academy, this is the remit of the Principal.

For details surrounding the structure and remit of the governing body across Unity Academy and FCAT, please see the FCAT scheme of delegation below.

FCAT Scheme of Delegation

If you are interested in applying for a position on our academy council, please contact Ciara Gregson Governance Administrator at or call 01253 207709.

Governance Documents