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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 - Margaret Serna

​Independent Member

Member of Finance and Search Committees

Margaret Serna is the Managing Director of a private health transport company with business interests across Europe. This followed the successful development of a new paradigm which quickly attracted significant investment that has underpinned continuing expansion through organic growth and M&A opportunities.

During her career, Margaret has worked in senior positions in both the Private and Public sectors throughout the UK including in Lincolnshire, where she was the MD of Passenger Services at TransLinc Ltd from 2007 to 2009 and prior to that, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service NHS Trust.

Margaret started her career as a microbiologist working in R&D with ICI. This was followed by a period of further study that resulted in her qualification as an accountant and subsequent transfer to the Public sector, taking up a role in the NHS in Lincolnshire in 1990. In 1999 Margaret was appointed to a Board role with the Lincolnshire Ambulance Trust and became Chief Executive in March 2000. This marked the first ever appointment of a female to such a role in the NHS. During her time at the Trust, the service strengthened its community focus and pioneered many initiatives that were subsequently adopted nationally. She also chaired and served on a number of National Committees.

Passionate about the benefits of lifelong learning and skills development as a driver for change in the delivery of sustainable improvements to local communities, Margaret works with and supports a number of local and national charities. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list for services to Further Education.

Chief Executive Officer - Gary Headland

Gary Headland was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln College Group on 4th August 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Gary was with Northgate Public Services for 3½ years as the Strategic Business Development and Programme Director.   Gary’s time with Northgate included leadership of numerous programmes including a major technology-enabled transformation programme (known as Athena) working initially with seven police forces to transform the way in which they deliver policing in their regions.

Gary was previously a Director at Norfolk Constabulary for over 2 years with responsibility for: Strategic Planning and Production of the Annual & Three Year Policing Plans; Transformation; Organisational Development & Cultural Change; Organisation Performance and Risk Management; Demand & Resource Management; the IMPACT (PND & MoPI) Programme; and a major shared services collaboration programme between Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. 

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.  He served several times in Lincolnshire including tours at the RAF College Cranwell and RAF Waddington.  His final appointment was at the RAF’s largest fast jet station in Norfolk where Gary held executive responsibility for: Human Resources Management; Budget, Finance & Performance; Strategic Planning; Infrastructure & Facilities Management; Community Support; Learning & Development; Media & Communications; Catering, Retail & Leisure; Internal Consultancy, Quality and Continuous Improvement Programme (Lean).

Gary has underpinned his public and private sector career spanning nearly 28 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 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has completed executive programmes in business development and negotiating at Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Gary is a founding member of two intellectual capital groups (Academy of Athens and Public Safety Community of Interest) involving senior people from all sectors.  In his spare time, Gary enjoys running, sailing and light aircraft flying.

Vice Chair of the Board of Corporation - Pat Doody

Chair of Finance Committee

Pat Doody is Director of Commercial Banking for NatWest Bank in Lincoln and Boston. He has worked in the County for the last 22 years and is involved in a number of Economic and Social forums many of which touch Education. He is also a member of the University’s Business and Law School Advisory board and gets involved in secondary education through parent forum. 

As well as enjoying time with family, both children being in secondary education, he enjoys taking part or watching many sports especially those involving Wales, particularly Rugby. He cycles weekly and travel is also a passion.

Independent Member - Nick Lyons

Vice Chair of Performance and Quality Committee

Member of Audit Committee

Nick Lyons is the Managing Director of Eminox, based in Gainsborough. Eminox design and manufacture emission reduction devices, often called aftertreatment systems, for heavy duty diesels, particularly trucks, buses and construction equipment.

He has been with Eminox for 10 years and before becoming MD was responsible for Technology & Engineering.

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. 

Independent Member - James Pinchbeck

Chair of International Development Committee

Vice Chair of Finance 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 and Acting Chair of the regional enterprise agency NBV, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors past Chairman and now policy officer for the Lincolnshire Branch.  He is also President of the Lincolnshire Branch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  James has a broad interest in education through his interest and involvement as a primary school governor and as a member of the University of Lincoln Business School Advisory Board. His in interest in the work force and management development is furthered by his Board presence of the Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre.

James interests include food and wine, music, long distance cycling and spending time with his family.

Independent Member - Nick Cudmore

Chair of Audit Committee

Born and bred in Lincolnshire Nick is a Chartered Accountant living in Louth. He is a partner in Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants, based primarily in their Louth office. Although a general practitioner Nick does specialise in education and is the Duncan and Toplis partner with overall responsibility for the firms Academy clients. A Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he sits on the Institutes Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee and also on the Ethics Advisory Board.

Nick is a governor (and Chair of Finance) of a local primary school which has recently converted to be an Academy of which he is a Trustee.

In his spare time Nick enjoys playing golf and scuba diving, the former in this country and the later only abroad where the water is clear and warm. He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants and a Freeman of the City of London.

Independent Member - Peter Horner

Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Peter is a solicitor with Langleys LLP of Lincoln and York.  He is part of their Commercial Property team and one of the firm's Commercial Division Partners. He has worked as a commercial property solicitor in Lincoln for more than 20 years, having qualified in the late 1980s after attending Nottingham University.  More recently he undertook a course at Cambridge University in order to qualify as a Notary Public,  a highly qualified and very small profession, which enables him to carry out work for clients involved in overseas transactions and legal issues. 

He is married with three children and lives in Retford, and has done for over 20 years, but has always lived in and around the East midlands. Peter is a keen advocate of education for all and believes that every opportunity to learn, either to gain a skill,  a qualification or knowledge for its own sake, should be taken.  Three members of his family are involved in education - one is a teaching assistant, one a teacher and one a sixth form student with high ambitions!

Independent Member - Haydn Beeken

Chair of Performance and Quality Committee

Vice Chair of International Development Committee

Haydn Beeken currently works as the HR and Compliance Director for Turbine Efficiency Group Ltd. The company has grown from its beginnings in 2000, from one person to currently 82 personnel. Growth in the last three years has been at a level of 50% and is likely to exceed that this year. 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.

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 - 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 13,000 staff with an annual turnover of £600m delivered from 660 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 young son.  Daniel enjoys spending time socialising and enjoying the occasional game of golf.

Independent Member - Dean Graham

Dean Graham is Managing Director of Lincoln based marketing agency LMA and Director of Stonebow Media Ltd, the publishers of the Lincolnite news website and Lincolnshire Business, the digital business magazine for the Greater Lincolnshire region.

Dean is a Chartered Marketer with the Institute of Marketing, Google Partner, member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Institute of Fundraising, having worked in senior positions in both the private and third sectors across Lincolnshire. He is passionate about enterprise, innovation and technology, recently being appointed to the advisory board of Business and Enterprise at Bishop Grosseteste University.

In his spare time, Dean enjoys restoring classic Volkswagens of which his 1964 splitscreen camper is his pride and joy as well as spending time with his young daughter after recently becoming a father for the first time.

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.

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; this was 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 am now in my fourth year of teaching GCSE English - going right back to my degree roots!

For the past couple of years I have been a member of the Health and Wellbeing committee in the college.  Despite the difficulty of attending meetings which often conflict with teaching times, I am determined to continue with this because I feel strongly that staff wellbeing and morale are vital for the organisation to function well and it is an area which needs constant attention.

Outside of college, I have four children ranging from 22 to 11 with a range of interests and demands and I am a member of a very small but committed reading group which has been running for 9 years.  At the minute I am seriously considering taking up ballroom dancing!

Support Staff Member - Sam Yates

Sam Yates started at Lincoln College in 1988 as a Clerical Assistant.  During her employment she has undertaken an amount of professional development up to and including a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management and is now employed as Customer Services and Pastoral Manager based within Student Services. Sam is passionate about equality for all and actively promotes awareness of many minority groups across the College.  Sam is qualified in British Sign Language and also co-ordinates the Bullying and Harassment Support Group.  She is also the longest serving College first aider

Outside of work Sam has two daughters aged 18 and 8 and enjoys spending her free time with them.

HE Student Governor - Holly Burridge

Holly Burridge is in her third year of her BA(hons) Social Science degree at Lincoln College. With aspirations to teach post-compulsory education, she aims to continue as an academic within the field of Criminology and social policy. She has previous experience working as a volunteer for a mental health charity which focused upon the reduction of social stigma.

Having frequently moved across the UK and spending the majority of her childhood living on the Isle of Wight, Holly has settled in Lincoln with her partner of 4 years. Holly has also travelled to New York, Florida, Cyprus and Germany which sparked her interest in the study of culture and sociology. Other than travelling, her interests include cycling, playing a variety of musical instruments such as the guitar and the Cajon, and reading.

Holly applied for the Student Governor position to provide a HE voice on the Board in order to ensure her constituent’s views are represented and communication towards the student body is maintained.

Student President - Richard Arbon

Richard is from an RAF Family and has lived in Lincolnshire for 13years.  Prior to that he lived in RAF Scampton, Henlow, Benbecula and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where he was born.

Richard has studied at the College for 3 years, most recently completing his BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care.  He has previous experience on the Executive team and supported fundraising activities in his role.  During 2015/16 he was a class representative for Health and Social Care.

He has many interests but his biggest interest has to be the one that involves charity work and First Aid work.  He volunteers with St John Ambulance as a First Aider and holds 2 management positions; Unit Training Lead and Youth Lead.  He is also a keen motorcyclist and an avid angler.

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