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Meet the Governors

The Corporation is the Governing Body of the College, comprised of people from a range of backgrounds reflecting the community and the businesses the College serves, and staff and learners.

Chair of the Board of Corporation - James Pinchbeck

Chair of the Board of Corporation - James Pinchbeck

Chair of the Board of Corporation

Member of Finance and Search Committee

James Pinchbeck is the Marketing Partner with mid-tier and multi-regional, top 40 UK accountancy and tax practice Streets Chartered Accountants. He is responsible for the strategic development of the firm’s marketing and is principally concerned with its growth and development, along with that of its international association SBC Global Alliance, Streets Law and its specialists sector provision which includes Streets Media, Mark Carr & Co and Streets Bloodstock as well as the firm’s financial services provision.

As part of his wider interest in enterprise and education, he is a non-executive director of the regional enterprise agency NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a past Branch Chairman for Greater Lincolnshire and currently Regional Ambassador in the East Midlands for Governance and Policy Voice.

He is Chair of the University of Lincoln International Business School Advisory Board.  He also chairs the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub Strategy Board and is a member of the Employment & Skills Advisory Panel.

In 2020 James was awarded IoD Non-Executive Director of the Year for the Midlands.

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 on 4 August 2014.  He is responsible for three further education and higher education colleges in the UK which are located in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark.  Gary is also responsible for colleges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a range of other UK commercial operations and international education programmes in China.

Gary is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Lincolnshire.  He also holds voluntary offices as the Chairman of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Regional Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the East Midlands, Non-Executive Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Midlands Engine Export Champion for the Department of International Trade and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Lincoln Cathedral.  Most recently, Gary was very proud to assume the office of President of the Royal British Legion in Lincolnshire on Saturday 6 February 2021; he is delighted to be able to continue to serve members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families in this capacity.

Prior to his current appointment, Gary was a Director of Northgate Public Services for 3½ years, a Director at Norfolk Constabulary for over 2 years and a senior Royal Air Force officer for nearly 23 years serving 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 35 years with high quality education and training: he holds an MA from Kings 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 is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute.  Gary has completed executive programmes in business development, negotiating and strategic leadership at Harvard Business School, London Business School and Saïd Business School.

Gary is married to Julia who is a registered health visitor and registered general nurse with whom he has two boys: Charles (17) and William (6).

Independent Member- Ian Billyard

Ian Billyard was the Principal & CEO of Leeds College of Building, the only specialist Further Education College for the Construction & Built Environment Sector in the UK, up until his retirement on 31st December 2018.  At this time Ian had been Principal for nearly sixteen years.  Prior to becoming Principal he was Deputy Principal at LCB, Head of Faculty, Head of Department and lecturer at a number of Further Education Colleges in England.

Latterly, as part of his role, Ian was a member of one of the Dfe/IfA groups involved in developing the new T Level qualifications for England. Additionally, Ian was a Council member with CGLI, a Board Member of the construction Cross-Industry Apprenticeship Task Force; Board Member of the Yorkshire Builders’ Federation (YBF); Chair of the West Yorkshire College Consortium; FE representative on the Leeds City Region LEP Employment & Skills Panel; Chair of the Leeds City Region Skills Network; Member of the FMB Area Board (Yorkshire & Trent) and Member of the NFB North East Region Executive Board and member of the FMB National Training Group.  He is also a member of various local, regional and national groups supporting education and training.

Prior to his move into the Further Education sector Ian trained as a building surveyor, initially with English China Clays in the South West, subsequently he worked for contracting companies and a Local Authority, also in the South West.

Post retirement Ian has been keen to maintain involvement in the sector and has maintained/taken on a number of roles, including; Fellow and Council member with CGLI; Board Member of the Yorkshire Builders’ Federation (YBF); member of the City & Guild Industry Board for Construction and member of BACH (British Association of Construction Head) National Executive Committee.

Support Staff Member - Philippa Bratby

I have worked at Lincoln College for 6 years, and am currently Executive Support Officer to the Managing Director - International and Commercial. I was a First Aider at College for the past 4 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 19 and 17) up in, with plenty of opportunities for them. My youngest 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.  

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 Technology Division, Tim’s remit focusses on the Technology, Transformation, eCommerce and Data teams – across Newark, Acton and our store locations. This remit includes challenging how we attract, engage and develop our colleagues – in a fiercely contested digital space and where we have a number of large scale transformations being undertaken.

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.

Independent Member - Amy Conyard

Amy Conyard attended Wisbech Grammar School, Cambridgeshire and completed up to AS Levels before leaving to pursue a career in hospitality management.

Amy went through the management training programme with a large pub company to become a unit manager, along with working with new open set ups and area training inclusive of company inductions.

After moving to Lincolnshire, Amy left the hospitality industry and joined the Danwood Group, where she worked within the Customer Resolutions Team, resolving cases from query up to legal disputes.

Whilst on maternity leave, Amy co-founded Bottomley Distillers Ltd and brought Pin Gin to market. Bottomley Distillers grew from a small batch gin, distilled in the garage, to one of the county’s most recognisable brands within just a few years and in the last month completed the acquisition of the company by global enterprise, Next Frontier Brands Ltd.

Amy is now Managing Director of Distillery Operations for the group. The distillery facility is at the heart of the group’s spirit plans and over the next two years will see £5m of investment into a new distillery and visitor centre.

Independent Member- Tim Godson

Tim comes from a Lincolnshire farming family, having trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Leeds he returned to the county in 1996. He is a director of Duncan & Toplis Limited and is based in their Lincoln office and lives just north of Lincoln. Although a general practioner Tim is a member of the specialist team providing all manner of support to the firm’s academy clients. In addition, Tim is the firm’s Audit Compliance Director as well as being the head of student training.


Outside of work Tim undertakes all manner of activities in trying to keep himself fit including walking and cycling. He is also a keen Leicester Tigers supporter.

Independent Member - Lucy Goodier

After getting a First-Class degree from the University of Nottingham in Finance, Accounting and Management, Lucy Goodier started her professional career at Deloitte LLP in Leeds in their Audit Practice, where she trained to become a Chartered Accountant. Lucy's clients were in a range of sectors but included manufacturing, energy and education. Lucy worked for ASDA for over five years in their Finance Controllership team, gaining expertise in controls and financial reporting. After relocating to Lincolnshire, just over a year ago, Lucy started working at her current position as Group Financial Controller at Branston Potatoes.

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.

Student Member HE - Natalie Heap

I am a full time HE student at the college going into my final year of my  clinical herbalism degree. 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.

Academic Staff Member - Simon Justice

Simon has worked for the Lincoln College Group since 2007 and is currently employed as a Professional Standards Learning Coach in the Quality Improvement Team. Prior to this he worked as a Creative Media Production Lecturer based at the Newark campus. In his current role, Simon supports practitioners across the organisation in a range of contexts and leads on LAT initiatives and the induction of new recruits to the teaching staff. He is also a teacher educator, currently co-ordinating the Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training and working as a mentor for both teacher trainees and qualified teachers at the college.


Outside of work, most of Simon’s time is taken up by his two year old twins but on the few occasions they are asleep he is a huge football fan (and indeed most sports) and enjoys good food and as many trips to the cinema as possible.

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 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 - Thomas McKenzie

Thomas McKenzie started his career straight from school, becoming an engineering apprenticeship with Siemens, based in Lincoln. Throughout his apprenticeship he completed an NVQ level 3 in Technical Engineering while also completing a National Diploma and National Certificate in Engineering at Lincoln College.

After completing his apprenticeship, Thomas took a job within the Spares Stores department working on specific projects while also working as a storeman. From here he moved into the Sales Support department, supporting the Sales Managers with quotations and orders for customers around the world.

From this role, Thomas began a secondment as a Sales Manager to support with customers within Europe to gain further knowledge of the role. After four months on secondment he became a permanent Sales Manager and now manages customer accounts worldwide, focusing on India, Bangladesh, Japan, Vietnam, Libya and Turkey. Thomas has now taken on the role of Regional Product development Manager, overseeing the growth of the Small Gas Turbine product line in the Regions of Asia and China.

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 - Peter Price

Peter Price is Finance Business Partner at AB Mauri, a global business of Associated British Foods plc. Prior to joining AB Mauri, Peter was Finance Manager at L.J. Fairburn & Son Ltd., one of the UK’s largest egg producers and distributors. Peter did his initial accountancy training at Lincolnshire-based accountancy firms Peach & Co. and Dexter and Sharpe.

In additional to being a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Peter has a first-class BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc with distinction in Professional Accountancy from the University of London. Peter is currently studying for an MBA at Warwick Business School.

Student Member Apprentice - Sophie Trafford

I am a Business Administration Apprentice at Lincoln College. In January I obtained my current position as an Administrative Assistant at the college however, I am still doing my apprenticeship, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I also work at the weekends as a Crew Trainer at McDonalds. I enjoy taking photographs, I have been a professional wedding photographer for multiple weddings. Another hobby of mine is editing and Photoshopping images, I have used my editing skills to create logos for various businesses. I have three tiny dogs which I love spending time with. I also have a twin sister but I don’t believe we look anything alike!

Independent Member - Charlotte Watson

Charlotte graduated from Liverpool John Moores in 2011 and started at her first Marketing and Communications job at South Kesteven District Council, working alongside the economic development team. Charlotte took 18-months out to travel, during which time she visited Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Australia and New Zealand and while travelling secured short term project, event and marketing positions, which were in the public and higher education sector.

Charlotte progressed through a series of promotions at Waldeck Consulting, starting out as Copywrite and Marketing Coordinator, progressing to Marketing Manager, before leaving the company in October 2018. 

In October 2018 Charlotte joined Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, progressing to a Senior Leadership role in just a year.

Independent Member - Daniel Wilkinson

Daniel is the Strategy and Business Development Director and a member of the Operating Board for Stonegate Pub Company.

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. Stonegate is a UK leisure company with +16k fantastic employees, operating across 1200 managed sites and 3600 Leased & Tenanted sites.  Stonegate has an annual turnover of £1.6bn and delivers +£0.45bn EBITDA,

Prior to working for Stonegate Pub Company, 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 supporting Lincoln City Football Club where he and his family are season ticket holders.

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