Selection Committee Membership

The Bishop Grosseteste Selection Committee is made up of the following members:

Mr David Babb OBE

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.

Dr Stephen Critchley

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.

Professor David Head

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

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. David has been a governor of a further education college and chair of governors in a primary school. He has also been Chairman of the Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association Board of Management and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAF Waddington International Air Show.

Dr Tony Hill

Dr Tony Hill is an independent Public Health Consultant and Health Strategist, having recently retired as Executive Director for Public Health for Lincolnshire County Council.

A former hospital doctor and general practitioner trained in Dundee, Tony became a public health consultant with Somerset Health Authority in 1987. He was Director of Public Health in Northern Lincolnshire from 1996 until 2012. During this time he was a member of the Board of HullYork Medical School.

From 2012, Tony was Executive Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire PCT and Lincolnshire County Council. He was a Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Tony has been a governor and University Council member at Bishop Grosseteste for eight years, as it moved from a College to a University College and finally to being a University. He is Vice Chair of the University Council and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

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.

Mr Bob Walder (Chair)

First term of office to finish on 31st July 2019 – eligible for reappointment

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.