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 retired in April 2018, having worked for companies within the Hexadex Group based in Gainsborough for 16 years. 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 Lincolnshire, with a strong international reputation. The Group also owns Ceramex, based in Slough, Teconnex, based in Keighley, and Hooton Engineering based in Gainsborough. The businesses have spread geographically and operate outside the UK, in Europe, North America and Asia. They concentrate primarily on the automotive sector but are pursuing a strategy to diversify their interests.

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 to explore new business ventures, new technologies and help support the Group’s growth through acquisitions. 
Originally from Cumbria, Nick studied engineering at University and spent the early part of his 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 CEO of the Lincoln College Group (LCG) on 4th August 2014 and is responsible for further education and higher education colleges in Greater Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At the heart of the LCG is Lincoln College with its campuses in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark. The LCG also has extensive higher education programmes and commercial operations with the Ministry of Justice at the Immigration and Removal Centre, Morton Hall.

The LCG’s international export operations are extensive with joint programmes in two colleges in China (Sichuan College of Architectural Technology and Chengdu Polytechnic) and well as full responsibility for two colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh Applied Engineering College and Al Qatief College).

Gary is the Chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Branch of the Institute of Directors, a Midlands Engine Export Champion, Chairman of the Federation of Greater Lincolnshire Colleges, a Director of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Leadership in Lincolnshire Group, a Member of the Lincoln University Technical College and a Member of Court of Bishop Grosseteste University.

Prior to his current appointment, Gary was with Northgate Public Services for nearly four years as a Strategic Business Development Director and a Director at Norfolk Constabulary for over 2 years with responsibility for Transformation and Performance. 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.

Gary has underpinned his public and private sector career spanning over 32 years with high quality education and training; he holds an MA from King’s 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 has qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute; he is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

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 14,500 staff with an annual turnover of £800m delivered from 750 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 two young sons.  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 Founding Publisher of CityX Ltd, the publishing house behind the CityX business news website, digital magazine and LincolnX business network.  CityX are also organisers of Lincolnshire Tech Week, Lincolnshire Tech and Innovation Awards, the Lincolnshire Business Expo, Expo East and the Directors Conference amongst other local high profile events.

Dean is a Chartered Marketer with the Institute of Marketing.  Having worked in senior positions in both the private and third sectors across Lincolnshire; Dean is particularly passionate about tech startups and cryptocurrency.

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 system strategy within the health sector, Michael is a National NHS Strategic Estates Adviser, providing advice to central government (Department of Health Social Care/ Cabinet Office), as well as local health and local government systems.

Michael is also currently providing initial support to the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP), and is acting as the Estates and Capital Programme Director, having previously acted as the Senior Responsible Officer.

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 - 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 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 now teach GCSE English - going right back to my degree roots!

I am a member of the Health and Wellbeing committee in the college. In the last two years I have been involved with mentoring new members of the English and Maths team and have delivered training to the team on a few occasions.

Outside of college, I have four children ranging from 24 to 13 with a range of interests and demands. This year, I will be hopefully helping to set up an evening sports group for staff members and a reading group.

Support Staff Member- Philippa Bratby

I have worked at Lincoln College for 4 years, and am currently Executive Support Officer to the Managing Director- International and Commercial. I have also been a First Aider at College for the past 3.5 years.

Prior to this, I ran my own child care business for several years, whilst my own children were young, building a trusted and professional service for local families.

I graduated from the University of Wales in 1999, and moved to Lincoln the same year. I have come to love living and working in Lincoln, and have found it a beautiful city to bring my children (now 17 and 15) up in, with plenty of opportunities for them. My eldest is currently a student at Lincoln College.

Other than my work, and the day to day rewards and challenges of bringing up teenagers, I enjoy dancing, taking part in the annual dance school show, and walking.

Student Member FE - Marta Wojcik

I am a student of the second year Level 3 BTEC Business Extended Diploma course at Newark College. I am also planning to continue studying business at university the following year. In addition to pursuing education and being a student governor, I work part-time at a tech-support company based in Newark. Leaving me with very little free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, attending gym classes and socialising with friends and family whenever possible. 

Student Member Apprentice - Alex Knoll

I am currently completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, gaining some practical work experience before I pursue a Psychology/HR degree in Australia. I work at the University of Lincoln within their Employment department, where I am responsible for the student workers and international compliance. When I’m not at work, I can be found on the netball court or at my local coffee shop with a good book.

Student Member HE - Natalie Heap

I am a full time HE student at the college doing clinical herbalism. Prior to this I had worked in care for 25 years and also been a teaching assistant for children with special educational needs. I am a mother of four children and when I am not studying or working in the clinic I enjoy visiting places of historical interest as I am a National Trust member. I enjoy spending time with my family and I love going to the gym.

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