The Bishop Grosseteste University Council is made up of the following members:
Mr Bob Walder – Chair of the University Council
Bob Walder became Chair of Bishop Grosseteste University Council in August 2016. Following school in Hampshire and studying accountancy at Portsmouth Polytechnic, Bob Walder graduated in Economics and Politics at Bristol University in 1977. He began his career working for Mosscare, a community based housing association in Moss Side, Manchester and remained in the sector for 38 years. For the last 26 years he was Chief Executive of Longhurst Group based in Lincolnshire during which the organisation grew from 800 to 18,500 homes, employing 1,000 staff and eventually building 500 new homes a year.
Bob is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has chaired several companies and regional committees in the housing sector. He was also Vice-Chairman of Boston College of Further Education and Chairman of the Boston Regeneration Company. Bob is also a Board Member of LACE Housing in Lincoln.
Mr. David Babb OBE
David Babb is a retired civil servant. Graduating as a chemist, his early career was in the Patent Office examining drug patents. During that time he took a law degree and qualified as a barrister. He then transferred to Whitehall where he held various posts, mainly international trade related, in the Department of Trade and Industry. He spent much time travelling overseas and retired after promoting trade with North America. Active in his local church, he has been a churchwarden and led a project team to build a new £3.5m Church Centre. He also chaired the Governing Body of the church primary school for 17 years. He now acts as a school admissions and governance consultant for the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education.
Dr. Kevin Brown
Chief Executive of the Diocese of Gloucester
Kevin Brown studied archaeology at Durham and Oxford Universities and held a Leverhulme Scholarship at Stockholm University whilst doing doctoral research in early medieval archaeology. He has worked in the historic environment and cultural fields operating in the public, private and charitable sectors. Latterly, at English Heritage he was the Stonehenge Project Director having previously been South West Regional Director. His current role involves the provision of support to 380 parishes and licensed ministers, oversight of the diocesan governance structure and the management of its assets.
Mrs Jackie Croft
Chapter Clerk and Administrator, Lincoln Cathedral
After graduating in History from London University Jackie’s first job was promoting Peterborough as a new town. This job was the spur to a successful career in medical and then financial sales working all over the country before she settled down and qualified as a Human Resources professional. In this capacity Jackie worked for Rolls-Royce plc for over eleven years as an HR director specializing in employee development and change management. Jackie was also a volunteer adviser to the Bishop of Derby, sitting on his senior leadership team before she joined his staff specifically to implement Common Tenure, the new terms of service for clergy introduced in 2011. After three years at Derby Cathedral as Chapter Clerk Jackie now leads the day to day management of staff and volunteers at Lincoln Cathedral, coordinating the Cathedral Chapter’s strategy and plans and ensuring their implementation.
Mrs. Angela Crowe
After graduating in English from Nottingham University, Angela Crowe worked in the British Institute of Management before developing a career in education. She has taught at all levels in schools and in further education. Appointed to the magistracy in Lincoln in 1985 she later transferred to North Somerset where she was Chairman of the North Somerset Bench and also sat on the National Family Proceedings Panel of the Magistrates’ Association. She was Vice Chairman of an acute National Health Trust in the south west of England and sat on the Local Medical Research Ethics Committee. On her return to Lincolnshire in 2001 she joined Lincolnshire Police Authority and was Chairman from 2004 until 2009.
Angela is Deputy Chairman of United Learning and sits on the Group Board, selection panels, chairs the Education Board for independent schools and takes an active part in determining the strategy for United Learning. Angela has a passionate belief in the importance of good governance in any organisation which seeks to be successful and this is central to all the work she does.
Professor David Head
David Head studied German at the University of Wales in Swansea, the University of Göttingen, McMaster University and the University of Reading. He then specialised in teaching German at the University of Bath, focussing increasingly on its business dimension. Subsequently, he was Head of the School of Modern Languages at Northumbria University, Director of the Plymouth Business School at the University of Plymouth and both Dean of Business and Law and Director of Innovative Partnerships at the University of Lincoln. He has published on many topics including: the image of Germany as an industrial power; business German; country-of-origin advertising; German cinema; language learning in higher education; and the cultural dimensions of international football. He has been a governor of a further education college and chair of governors in a primary school. David is now Chairman of the Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association Board of Management and a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAF Waddington International Air Show.
Dr Tony Hill
Joint Director of Public Health and Partnerships NHS Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council
Tony Hill graduated in medicine at Dundee University in 1980 and following hospital jobs trained as a General Practitioner before training as a Public Health Consultant, a position he held prior to moving to North East Lincolnshire. Tony has previously served as a Board member of the Hull York Medical School. He is an active member of the church in Louth and a member of Lincoln Diocesan Synod.
Mr. Steve Lawrence
Following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Wales, Steve lectured in Economics with an American University for four years. He subsequently joined the staff at Aberystwyth University where he held the positions of Director of Development and Director of Development and External Affairs for the next 25 years. More recently his appointments have been in the charity sector and have included the roles of Executive Director of the Africa Justice Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Dyslexia International.
The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson
Bishop of Lincoln
The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson has been Bishop of Lincoln since 2011, having previously been the Church of England’s Director of Ministry. Brought up in the industrial north east, he studied Theology at King’s College London and in Berkeley, California. Later he studied at Heythrop College, University of London, and completed a Master of Laws degree at the Cardiff Law School. Since beginning his ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln, Bishop Christopher has put in place plans for wide change at all levels of administration and ministry, including a large increase in the number of clergy and financial support for social projects in the parishes of greater Lincolnshire. He is married to Susan, who works for the Parliamentary and Heath Service Ombudsman, and they have a son and a daughter.
Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Mackay
Gavin Mackay studied Engineering at Glasgow University before joining the Royal Air Force as a pilot. He flew Harriers operationally in the fighter ground attack and reconnaissance roles throughout Europe, Central America and the Falklands as well as piloting helicopters and multi-engine aircrafts. He commanded the Central Flying School’s Examining Wing leading advisory teams world-wide, instructing and examining on numerous types of aircraft; from micro-lights to MiGs. As Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, he was responsible for the selection, recruitment and initial training of all RAF officers. Retiring from regular service he travelled extensively as Senior Military Adviser in the MOD’s Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) providing operational and technical advice to foreign governments on British military equipment and services in support of UK Industry. Now fully retired, he maintains various links with the Armed Forces, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has been appointed as High Sheriff of Lincolnshire as of March 2015.
Mr. Graham Meeson
Academic Staff Governor, Bishop Grosseteste University
Graham Meeson is the Academic Staff Council Member. He is currently the Head of Department of Education Studies and Learning at Bishop Grosseteste University. Prior to that he worked on a range of teacher education courses. Graham is a university teaching fellow and has been an external examiner at the University of Cumbria. Before he joined BG in 2002, he worked as a deputy head teacher in a Lincolnshire primary school and a class teacher in North Lincolnshire. He has been a governor in a variety of schools.
Professor Jayne Mitchell
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Bishop Grosseteste University
Jayne Mitchell completed her PhD in ‘physical activity epidemiology’ at the University of Exeter and holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Birmingham.
Prior to her appointment at Bishop Grosseteste University, Jayne was Executive Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). She was responsible for ensuring that the standards and reference points used by all UK higher education providers, QAA itself and those with an interest in higher education, to carry out key quality assurance and enhancement functions, maintained their relevance and usefulness.
Much of this work focussed on working with the higher education sector and its partners to develop and support the implementation of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Jayne also provided strategic oversight for QAA’s research and international activity and regulatory and development activity in relation to Access to HE courses and Access Validating Agency licensing. Jayne has also previously held a number of posts in higher education institutions that reflect her commitment to quality assurance, and her academic and research interests in physical activity and health.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, she provides strategic and intellectual leadership for all of Bishop Grosseteste University’s learning, teaching, research and international activities. She brings a comprehensive understanding of current and future developments in the HE sector to the senior management team. These skills and attributes enable Jayne to apply her insight and cross-institutional leadership to fostering a culture commitment, innovation and engagement. Jayne manages a talented group of staff who work mainly across the UK but also participate in international activities and networks.
Reverend Sally Myers
Principal of Lincoln School of Theology
Sally Myers is one of the representatives of the Diocese of Lincoln on the Governing Council. Before she was ordained in 2006 she acted as both a hospital and a mental chaplain. She is the Principal of the Lincoln School of Theology, overseeing the academic and formational training of future ministers. Her research interests are concerned with cognitive and narrative representations of personal faith, how this affects moral reasoning, and how it changes and develops in response to learning.
Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil
Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University
Peter Neil was born on the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland. After working as a teacher of modern languages in Scotland he moved to Belfast where he became a Senior Lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast. Whilst at Queen’s he completed a PhD in Education and began studying Theology. In 2003 he took up the role of Director of Education and Lifelong learning at Aberystwyth University, subsequently returning to his native Scotland as Head of the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland. With a wide range of research interests centred on education and on theology, Professor Neil has written books on language teaching, Continuous Professional Development and teacher mentoring. He has researched topics ranging from language education to school leadership and ordinary theology, publishing in academic journals and speaking at international conferences. He is an ordained Anglican priest and has served in the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Mr. Alan Stacey
Alan Stacey is the current elected non-academic staff representative on University Council. Born in Louth, Lincolnshire he has lived in Lincoln for over 38 years. A graduate of the Lincolnshire College of Art, (validated by Cambridge and De-Montfort University) and the Institute of Leadership and Management he also holds an OND and HND in Graphic Design. A fully qualified Graphic Designer he has spent most of his career in print and print management for various local printing companies. He has worked for Bishop Grosseteste University for approximately 9 years as Reprographics Manager. Alan is an active member of the Association of Print Managers in Education, a diploma member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers and diploma member of the Society of Typographical Designers. Other roles include Copyright Officer and HERA Assessor (Higher Education Role Assessor) for the University.
Mr. Kieran Parrish
Kieran Parrish is the current Student’s Union President and as such is one of the student representatives on the Council. After his first year in office during which he learnt a lot, very quickly, Kieran decided to rerun for the role of SU President and has since been re-elected for his second term. Kieran moved to Lincoln when he studied for his degree in Education Studies and Mathematics at BGU from which he graduated from in 2016. Having fallen in love with the City, when Kieran’s time as BGSU President comes to an end he intends to stay in Lincoln for a long time and complete his Masters.