Academy Council & Register of Business Interests
Stephen Cooke BSc (Hons), Unity Academy Principal
Stephen has worked at Unity for nearly 4 years, initially as Vice Principal in charge of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and since April 2017 as Principal. Prior to starting at Unity, Stephen was Senior Assistant Principal at Hodgson Academy having started his teaching career there as a Teacher of ICT. Outside of the school Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and son, particularly spending time outdoors.
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.
Alan Lloyd BSc, PGCE, Sponsor Governor
Vice Principal of the Blackpool Sixth Form College responsible for resources and information systems. An ex-Principal examiner for A-level computer Science, Alan has 32 years of experience in both secondary and further education and is an old pupil of Unity in its first incarnation as Warbreck High School. For the last 8 years Alan has managed the £23M building development strategy at Blackpool Sixth Form College.
Derek Yarwood BSc (Hons), PGCE, Sponsor Governor
Deputy Principal of Hodgson Academy with responsibility for Progress, Community and Transition from KS2 to KS5. Derek is currently in his 29th year at Hodgson. 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!
Mrs Cheryl Brindle, Sponsor Governor
Headteacher at Breck Primary School
Michelle Bateman BA(Hons), PGCE, Staff Governor
Primary class teacher at Unity Academy and is a staff governor. Michelle has been teaching at Unity for 4 years and has a business and administrative background. She has a keen interest in the local community having always been a Blackpool resident. Michelle enjoys reading and shares this and her enjoyment of discovering new skills with the children of Unity.
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.
Vicki Cramer, Staff Governor
Currently the Science Technician at Unity Academy, Vicki has previously held a variety of support staff roles since 1994, when the school was Warbreck Boys School. Her holistic outlook led to roles at 'Stepping Stones' and 'Studio School'. Vicki and her family were born and bred in Blackpool and contribute to their community as foster carers and volunteers for a local charity.
Matthew Dobb, Parent Governor
Zoe Spencer, Parent Governor
Zoe has 3 children, one of which attends Unity Academy. Zoe likes to take a hands on approach with her children's schooling and try to be as actively involved as possible. She works full time and in the evening turns into a "dance mom". Zoe also chaperones voluntarily for a local dance school.
Chris Lickiss BSc (Hons), NPQH, Executive Principal
Chris has worked within the North West and in Education for 28+ years, having started his career as a Mathematics teacher in Morecambe. Prior to joining Unity Chris was Principal of Ashton Community Science College for 8+ years, a successful 11-18 school in Preston. 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.
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 Principal
· 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.
If you are interested in applying for a position on our academy council, please contact Kath Buddle Governance Administrator at email@example.com or call 01253 356271.