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Meet the Governors

The Corporation is the Governing Body of the College, comprised of people from a range of backgrounds reflecting the community and the businesses the College serves, and staff and learners.

Chair of the Board of Corporation - James Pinchbeck

Chair of the Board of Corporation

Member of Finance and Search Committee

James Pinchbeck is Marketing Partner with mid tier, top 40 UK accountancy and tax practice Streets Chartered Accountants. He is responsible for the strategic development of the firm’s marketing concerned with growth and development. A role for which he is well placed as a graduate in Business Studies, specialising in Marketing and Accounting.

James has a broad interest in education and enterprise and is a non executive director of a national enterprise agency NWES, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and past Chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Branch. .  James has a broad interest in education through his interest and involvement as a past primary and secondary school governor. He is Chair of the University of Lincoln Business School Advisory Board. His in interest in work force development, the skills agenda and management development is furthered by his Board presence of Greater Lincolnshire Employment and Skills Board. He is also Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub Programme Board.

James interests include food and wine, music, long distance cycling and spending time with his family.

Vice Chair of the Board of Corporation - Haydn Beeken

Vice Chair of the Board of Corporation

Chair of Performance and Quality Committee

Haydn Beeken is now enjoying retirement.  Previously Haydn worked as the HR and Compliance Director for Turbine Efficiency Group Ltd. The company grew from its beginnings in 2000, from one person to currently 82 personnel.   90% of the companies work is overseas; Haydn has been indirectly involved with the company from its birth, then at a non-executive level from 2008, before becoming an executive director in 2012.

Prior to that Haydn worked the majority of his employment for the National Government, one of his roles being Area Benefits Manager East of England, Department of Work & Pensions. Within this role he managed a group of 6 DWP Benefit Offices over a large geographical area, with some 700 staff. Haydn had 4 Benefits Managers reporting to him and was responsible for managing the target outcomes required, change management, and managing budgets.

Before this Haydn worked as an Area Director for Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire for Government Office East Midlands. He was the Governments Performance and Relationship Manager for the two counties working closely within Government Ministers, Departments, Local Authority Chief Executives and Elected Leaders at both tiers of the local government, NHS Chief Executives, Chief Constables, The Police Authority, Government bodies and the Third Sector in the delivery of the Governments Agenda for the counties and in the performance management of the outcomes required of that agenda.

Haydn was a member of Council for Bishop Grosseteste University from 2005 to 2013 with the last year and half spent as Chair of the Council. Haydn is now a school governor for Westgate School in Lincoln having taken up this role in September 2015. Haydn is married to Julie with two children, whom both studied at Lincoln College, and four grandchildren. Haydn enjoys spending time with his family, working on his allotment, football, cricket, golf, wine and travelling in no particular order.

Vice Chair of the Board of Corporation - Nick Lyons

Vice Chair of the Board of Corporation

Chair of Finance Committee

Nick Lyons works for the Hexadex Group based in Gainsborough. The Hexadex Group can trace its origins back to 1978 when it started the Eminox business which has grown to be one of the largest companies in Gainsborough, with a strong international reputation. The Group also owns Ceramex Ltd., based in Slough, and Teconnex Ltd., based in Keighley. All three business have spread geographically and operate outside the UK in Europe, North America and the Far East. They concentrate primarily on the automotive sector.

Nick originally joined Eminox in 2002 in a technical role before becoming MD in 2011. He transferred over to a role at Group level in 2016 exploring new business ventures and new technologies.

Originally from Cumbria, Nick studied engineering at University and spent the early part of this career working on the design of mobile cranes, printing presses, lawn mowers, medical devices and roof tiles. Nick moved with his family to the Lincoln area in 2002.

Chief Executive Officer - Gary Headland

Gary Headland was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln College Group on 4th August 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Gary was with Northgate Public Services for 3½ years as the Strategic Business Development and Programme Director.   Gary’s time with Northgate included leadership of numerous programmes including a major technology-enabled transformation programme (known as Athena) working initially with seven police forces to transform the way in which they deliver policing in their regions.

Gary was previously a Director at Norfolk Constabulary for over 2 years with responsibility for: Strategic Planning and Production of the Annual & Three Year Policing Plans; Transformation; Organisational Development & Cultural Change; Organisation Performance and Risk Management; Demand & Resource Management; the IMPACT (PND & MoPI) Programme; and a major shared services collaboration programme between Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. 

Prior to joining Norfolk Constabulary, Gary was a senior Royal Air Force officer and his military career spanned 23 years in locations throughout the UK and overseas in Germany, Italy and the Middle East.  He served several times in Lincolnshire including tours at the RAF College Cranwell and RAF Waddington.  His final appointment was at the RAF’s largest fast jet station in Norfolk where Gary held executive responsibility for: Human Resources Management; Budget, Finance & Performance; Strategic Planning; Infrastructure & Facilities Management; Community Support; Learning & Development; Media & Communications; Catering, Retail & Leisure; Internal Consultancy, Quality and Continuous Improvement Programme (Lean).

Gary has underpinned his public and private sector career spanning nearly 28 years with high quality education and training: he holds an MA from Kings College London and an MBA from the Open University Business School.  He is a graduate of the Defence Academy’s Advanced Command and Staff Course, which is a one-year full-time postgraduate course aimed at preparing the top 25% of all Armed Forces Officers for high grade appointments by developing their command, analytical and communications skills.  Gary is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has completed executive programmes in business development and negotiating at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Gary is a founding member of two intellectual capital groups (Academy of Athens and Public Safety Community of Interest) involving senior people from all sectors.  In his spare time, Gary enjoys running, sailing and light aircraft flying.

Independent Member - Daniel Wilkinson

Daniel is the Strategy & Corporate Affairs Director and a member of the Operating Board for Stonegate a national leisure business that employs nearly 13,500 staff with an annual turnover of £600m delivered from 700 sites.  Having commenced this position early 2015 Daniel is responsible for the financial valuation, due diligence and management of large scale M&A, overseeing corporate transactions and working with the board on driving and evolving the strategy.

Prior to this role Daniel was appointed as Commercial Director for the Leased and Tenanted Division of Greene King, a role that had responsibility for the legal, professional and licensing teams; IT; commercial agreements and contracts; and protecting the £40m rent roll and other income streams.  Additionally chair of the divisional audit team and involved in group corporate transactions and M&A.

Outside of work Daniel is vice chair of the sector All Party Parliamentary Group and holds a MSci in Physics from the University of Birmingham.

Daniel’s home is in Bracebridge Heath with his wife Nadia and their young son.  Daniel enjoys spending time socialising and enjoying the occasional game of golf.

Independent Member - Danielle Lister

Danielle is a Solicitor at Chattertons, based in their Lincoln office.  Danielle joined the firm in 2015 and shortly after was promoted to Partner and Head of the Employment team.  As part of this role, Danielle oversees a team of employment lawyers across multiple offices and specialises in all aspects of employment law. Danielle is experienced in supporting and representing all manner of businesses with a variety of employment law issues, from large PLC's through to small and medium enterprises. A member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Danielle is an experienced Employment Tribunal advocate and regularly presents seminars on a range of employment law topics.

Danielle has a keen interest in educational matters and believes that excellence in education is key to creating opportunity and prosperity for all.  She is Vice Chair of Governors of a local Primary Academy and regularly advises educational institutions on employment-related matters.  She is also experienced in supporting clients with other educational issues, such as school complaints, admissions hearings and permanent pupil exclusions.

Danielle studied Law LLB at the University of Lincoln before completing the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University with Distinction.  Danielle returned to Lincoln to complete her Training Contract before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009.  Outside work, Danielle’s other interests include swimming, reading, travel and spending time with family.

Independent Member - Dean Graham

Dean Graham is Co-Publisher and Director of Stonebow Media Ltd, the publishing house behind The Lincolnite, Lincolnshire Reporter and Lincolnshire Business news websites, organisers of Lincolnshire Tech Week, Lincolnshire Digital Awards and the Lincolnshire Business Expo.

Dean is a Chartered Marketer with the Institute of Marketing and currently studying for a postgraduate BA Hons in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation. Having worked in senior positions in both the private and third sectors across Lincolnshire Dean is particularly passionate about enterprise and entrepreneurship.

In his spare time, Dean enjoys restoring classic performance cars and is involved with a number of motorsport teams.

Independent Member - Mark Platts

Mark is an experienced CIMA qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience of working within the Lincolnshire healthcare sector.

In his current role, as the Deputy Director of Finance at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Mark is developing a strong awareness and knowledge of strategic management within a large successful organisation. This knowledge is being used to support the College’s management team to develop the continued growth and success of the College.

Originally from Leicestershire, Mark studied Accounting & Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University and started his working career at Tesco, where he developed a strong passion for leadership and team development.

Mark enjoys spending time with family and has a number of interests including Motorcycling, mountain biking and running.

Independent Member - Mark Speed

Mark Speed is the Head of New Equipment Business and the Global Head of Project Management for the Siemens Small Gas Turbine Business based in Lincoln. The business designs and manufacture’s industrial gas turbines between the ranges of 5 -15 Mw which are installed in both power generation and oil & gas applications worldwide.

Mark joined Siemens as a Technical Apprentice in 1989 and studied at Lincolnshire College during the 1990’s whilst holding the position of Project Manager. In 2008, following graduation of a Master’s in Business Administration, Mark took up the post of Regional Managing Director of Siemens Instrumentation and Electrical business for the UK and Ireland, prior to returning to the Lincoln based business in January 2016.

Mark is a chartered mechanical engineer and has full membership of both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Association of Project Managers.

Married with two children, Mark’s family live in Welton. He enjoys spending time with his family and in his spare time trains and competes in both swimming and triathlon events.

Independent Member - Michael Simpson

Michael has held a variety of roles in private, Local and National Government sectors. Currently working in Strategy for the Department of Health is one of the Senior Responsible Officers responsible for delivering the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability Transformation Plan regulated by NHS England.

Michael graduated in Civil Engineering from Nottingham Trent University having started his initial study at Lincoln College.

Michael is a keen sports enthusiast with particular interests in football and rugby.

Independent Member - Neil Everatt

Neil Everatt is Chief Executive Officer with leading HR and Finance cloud-technology provider Selenity. He is responsible for setting the vision of the company and leading the company's development and growth.  

Neil has a huge passion for investment into the local community along with a dedicated interest in education and enterprise. Much of Selenity's local presence is driven by sponsorship, student mentorship, internships and charitable events. With strong ties to many local schools, with most of the directors locally educated, Selenity places a strong emphasis on educating local students on the core skills to succeed in business. Neil is a strong believer in driving innovation and enthusiasm through a strong cultural belonging and a happy work life balance, a philosophy that is evident through every part of Selenity. 

In his personal time Neil's interests include food and wine, football (LCFC of course!), and gadgets! 

Independent Member - Nick Cudmore

Chair of Audit Committee

Born and bred in Lincolnshire Nick is a Chartered Accountant living in Louth. He is a partner in Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants, based primarily in their Louth office. Although a general practitioner Nick does specialise in education and is the Duncan and Toplis partner with overall responsibility for the firms Academy clients. A Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he sits on the Institutes Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee and also on the Ethics Advisory Board.

Nick is a governor (and Chair of Finance) of a local primary school which has recently converted to be an Academy of which he is a Trustee.

In his spare time Nick enjoys playing golf and scuba diving, the former in this country and the later only abroad where the water is clear and warm. He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants and a Freeman of the City of London.

Independent Member - Peter Horner

Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Peter is a solicitor with Langleys LLP of Lincoln and York. He is part of their Commercial Property team and one of the firm’s Commercial Division Partners. He has worked as a commercial property solicitor in Lincoln for more than 20 years, having qualified in the late 1980s after attending Nottingham University. More recently he undertook a course at Cambridge University in order to qualify as a Notary Public, a highly qualified and very small profession, which enables him to carry out work for clients involved in overseas transactions and legal issues.

He is married with three children and live in Retford, and has done for over 20 years, but has always lived in and around the East Midlands. Peter is a keen advocate of education for all and believes that every opportunity to learn, either to gain a skill, a qualification or knowledge for its own sake, should be taken. Members of his family are involved in education- one is a teaching assistant and one a teacher.

Independent Member - Tim Calvert

Tim is a commercially focused senior HR professional, with a Masters in Strategic HRM and a further Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law. Currently working within Dixons Carphone PLC who are Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries.

In his current role within the Services Division and responsible for an area covering 2000 colleagues, Tim’s remit focusses on the Technical Repairs, Digital and Services Commercial teams – across Newark, Acton and our store locations. This remit includes challenging how we attract, engage and develop our colleagues – in an area where the focus is on growing our own talent.

Previously Tim has held a number of senior roles covering predominately the 3rd Party logistics fields as well as various national and international mining businesses. Originally South African Tim retains a passion for travelling and experiencing other cultures as well as spending time together as a family. 

Academic Staff Member - Heather Fluck

I spent 17 years as a full time mother, during which time I chaired the local toddler, preschool and Friends of School committees and served 2 four year terms as parent governor at the local primary school.

In the latter part of 2009 I took my PTLLS qualification and in 2010 I started working for Lincoln College; this was in the Community Teaching sector where I taught Open Door, Family Values, Creative Writing and Employability in Surestart centres, primary school community rooms and Domestic Abuse Centres.  In September 2011, Janet Cannon asked me to join her team of FS English and Maths tutors and I am now in my fourth year of teaching GCSE English - going right back to my degree roots!

For the past couple of years I have been a member of the Health and Wellbeing committee in the college.  Despite the difficulty of attending meetings which often conflict with teaching times, I am determined to continue with this because I feel strongly that staff wellbeing and morale are vital for the organisation to function well and it is an area which needs constant attention.

Outside of college, I have four children ranging from 22 to 11 with a range of interests and demands and I am a member of a very small but committed reading group which has been running for 9 years.  At the minute I am seriously considering taking up ballroom dancing!

Support Staff Member - Sam Yates

Sam Yates started at Lincoln College in 1988 as a Clerical Assistant.  During her employment she has undertaken an amount of professional development up to and including a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management and is now employed as Customer Services and Pastoral Manager based within Student Services. Sam is passionate about equality for all and actively promotes awareness of many minority groups across the College.  Sam is qualified in British Sign Language and is also one of the College’s safeguarding leads

Outside of work Sam has two daughters aged 20 and 10 and enjoys spending her free time with them.

Student President - Richard Arbon

Richard is from an RAF Family and has lived in Lincolnshire for 13years.  Prior to that he lived in RAF Scampton, Henlow, Benbecula and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where he was born.

Richard has studied at the College for 3 years, most recently completing his BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care.  He has previous experience on the Executive team and supported fundraising activities in his role.  During 2015/16 he was a class representative for Health and Social Care.

He has many interests but his biggest interest has to be the one that involves charity work and First Aid work.  He volunteers with St John Ambulance as a First Aider and holds 2 management positions; Unit Training Lead and Youth Lead.  He is also a keen motorcyclist and an avid angler.

Student Vice President FE - Abbie Bembridge

I am currently doing a level 1 photography course at College and am Student Vice President for FE.  In addition I do voluntary work with Girl Guiding and have gained two qualifications called Young and Adult Leadership.

In my spare time I go and explore different places to do photography and sometimes I take a little lego person with me to participate in photos.

I enjoy playing football and socialising with my friends.

Student Vice President HE - Ehsan Naeem

Ehsan Naeem is a student governor with a passion for representing the ideas, wants and requests of students. He was born in Pakistan in a predominantly military family with both parents as Army Officers, and spent the larger part of his life being educated in military institutions.

He has previously been the Students’ Council Representative for Dept. of Access to Higher Education and A-Levels and the Student’s Union Equality and Diversity Officer and is also the team leader for student ambassadors at Lincoln College.

Beyond that he is an Instructor with the Army Cadets Force and loves his uniform. He is currently pursuing a HNC Public Services qualification.

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