University Council Members

The Bishop Grosseteste University Council is made up of the following members:

Mr Bob Walder – Chair of the University Council

Second term of office to finish on 31st July 2022 – not elegible for immediate 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.

Professor David Head – Vice-Chair of University Council

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.

Mr David Babb OBE – Chair of FE&GP

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.

Reverend Sonia Barron

Mrs Clarissa Bown - Elected Student Representative

Dr Stephen Critchley – Chair of Remuneration Committee

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.

The Revd David Dadswell

Mr Alan Foster - BGSU President

Mr Richard Hallsworth – Chair of Audit Committee

Professor Marian Howarth

Mr Steve 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.

Dr Sacha Mason - Elected Academic Staff Representative

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 Sally Myers

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

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

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 Alan Stacey - Elected Academic Staff Representitive

First term of office to finish on 26/04/22 – eligible for immediate reappointment

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.