Finance, Employment & General Purposes Committee Membership

The Bishop Grosseteste University Finance, Employment & General Purposes Committee is made up of the following members:

Mr David Babb OBE - (Chair)

Second term of office due to finish on 13/03/21 – not eligible for immediate reappointment

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.

Mrs Jackie Croft

First term of office to finish on 31/10/21 – eligible for reappointment

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.

Mr Stephen Lawrence

Second term of office due to finish on 31/08/22 – not eligible for immediate reappointment

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.

Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Mackay

Second term of office due to finish on 30/04/22 – not eligible for immediate reappointment

After graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in Engineering, Gavin Mackay joined 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 aircraft. He commanded the Central Flying School’s Examining Wing, instructing and examining on numerous different types of aircraft (micro-lights to MIGs) with UK and foreign air forces. As Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, he was responsible for the selection, recruitment and initial training of all RAF officers. Later, he travelled worldwide in support of UK Industry, as Senior Military Adviser in the MOD’s Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO), providing operational and technical advice to foreign governments on British military doctrine, equipment and services. Now retired, he maintains his links with the Armed Forces, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and served as High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 2015/16.

Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil

Appointed on 2012 – eligible for continuous service

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.

Right Reverend Dr Nigel Peyton

Appointed on 23/3/18 – eligible for continuous service

Honorary Assistant Bishop Diocese of Lincoln

Dr Nigel Peyton retired as Bishop of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church in 2017 and was previously Archdeacon of Newark, Ministry Development Officer and parish priest in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

His governance experience includes service as a Governor of Abertay University Dundee, Chair of Trustees of St Margaret’s Residential Home for the Elderly Dundee, Non-Executive Director of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, school governor and magistrate in Nottingham.

Nigel has degrees in history and in theology from Edinburgh University and held the Scottish Fellowship at Union Theological Seminary New York. His published doctorate explored contemporary Church of England Parish Clergy. An Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School, Nigel’s continuing academic research focuses on Christianity, organisation and social context. He is passionate about stimulating faith in public life, inspiring young people and lifelong learning and access for less likely students.