Professor Mary Stuart (Chair of LET Members) is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.
Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of University management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc) and successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Physics and Mathematics).
Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in the partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.
Mary is currently a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Chair of HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Committee, member of Universities UK’s task force on Social Mobility, and Vice Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit. Mary is also the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) and a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board. She is also a Trustee of Lincolnshire Bomber Command, a Director of Lincoln Science & Technology Park, a Director of Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership, Director of Brayford Trust, a Director of the Lincolnshire Foundation, a Director of Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership and Chair of the Members of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust Ltd.
Mary has a strong commitment to the arts and is a keen theatre-goer and a lover of modern art and jazz.
Professor Toby Wilkinson (Chair of LET) is Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Lincoln and Chair of UAH Governors. He holds a First Class Honours Degree and a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, Toby served for six years as the inaugural Director of International Strategy at the University of Cambridge, devising and delivering an institution-wide strategy for global engagement, working closely with partners in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Toby’s earlier appointments focussed on external relations, schools liaison and widening participation, fundraising and alumni relations, and institutional strategy. In his academic career, Toby has held research and teaching positions at the universities of Cambridge and Durham.
Toby is an internationally acclaimed Egyptologist, and the prize-winning author of ten books which have been translated into eleven languages. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. Toby is also a school governor and a trustee of the Thomas Wall Trust.
Professor Val Braybrooks MBE is Dean of the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing and the Holbeach Campus. Val has over 30 years experience of teaching and senior level leadership in Further and Higher Education. She has spent many years working and living in South Lincolnshire where she has worked with employers in the Agri-food sector to develop educational opportunities for employees. In addition to her role as a Trustee, Val is a Governor of the University Academy Holbeach overseeing Safeguarding in addition to her wider responsibilities as a Trustee and Governor.
Mr Roger Buttery, Member of the LET. Roger has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 50 years and held a number of senior positions. He is a qualified accountant and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and former member of the Financial Reporting Council and Financial Reporting Review Panel. As well as being a Member of the LET, Roger is also currently an Independent Trustee of several private sector pension schemes. He is an external Trustee of the Student Union of the University of Lincoln. Roger is also the Independent Chair of the Lincolnshire Pension Board and a Lay Member and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.
Jenny Worth is Chair of Governors of Holbeach Primary Academy. Jenny is a retired Primary School teacher. She holds a Diploma of Education from Homerton College, Cambridge and an Honours Degree from the Open University. She was a magistrate for many years, is currently a Parish Councillor and works as a volunteer for Victim Support. Jenny is a Governor of the University Academy Holbeach.
Sue Boor BEd (Hons) NPQH is proud to be the Principal of Holbeach Primary Academy. Sue’s teaching career began at Spalding Primary school in 1988 following graduating after four years training in a range of Northamptonshire nurseries and schools. After moving to Holbeach Primary School Sue was then appointed as Key stage one and Early Years leaders, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Deputy Head and then Head Teacher. Sue led the school to academy status joining the Lincolnshire Educational Trust in September 2014, having created strong links with Lincoln University and University Academy Holbeach to maximise the potential for the young people of Holbeach. Sue is a Trust Board Director and Governor of University Academy Holbeach.
Steve Baragwanath BSc (Hons) is the Principal of University Academy Holbeach. Steve graduated from Birmingham University and completed his PGCE at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In his early career he was Head of Year and Head of Science. In 2000 he was appointed Deputy Head of George Farmer School and after 2 terms became acting head and then Headteacher. When appointed he was the youngest secondary head in Lincolnshire. In 2007 the local authority asked Steve to become executive head teacher of St Guthlacs Crowland. In 2008 he gain permission for the school to have a sixth form and this was followed by the school starting its apprenticeship centre in 2009. In 2011 the merged schools became the University Academy Holbeach and in 2014 the major building programme was completed. Steve is a Trust Board Director and Governor of Holbeach Primary Academy.
Louise Stanton is Principal of Gosberton House Academy which joined the Lincolnshire Educational Trust in September 2016.
Jenny Parry is Group Head of Talent at Bakkavor which is the UK’s leading provider of fresh prepared foods. Jenny joined the Trust in 2016 and works closely with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.
Professor Ian Abrahams is the Head of School for the University of Lincoln School of Education and Professor of Science Education. Ian’s previous roles include head of department and a teacher of physics.
Andy Robinson, Regional Operations Manager for Sainsbury’s. Andy is a highly proficient senior executive with over 25 years’ extensive experience operating and influencing at board level within a complex organisation. Andy is an ambitious executive with major operational responsibility and a proven track record of developing and implementing strategic transformational change. Andy is a creative and collaborative leader with excellent communication skills who demonstrates adaptability, humility and resilience. His people-centric leadership approach and interpersonal skills have allowed him to inspire and mentor his people to deliver industry leading results, whilst embodying the values of honesty, trust and professional integrity.
Andrew Breckon FRSA, BSc(Hons) MPhil. Part time CEO of LET with professional and operational lead for the Trust and Accounting Officer. An educational consultant following 44 years of service in Education. Former Director of Education Service for CfBT and Assistant Director Children’s Service in Lincolnshire, retiring in 2012, the same year as the service won the national School Improvement Service of the year award. Former Chief Executive of DATA, Ofsted Inspector and Chair of an IEB for 5 years and recently gave the keynote international lecture in the US at a major education conference. Andy is a governor of both academies.
Catherine Hamblett Chief Finance Officer of LET Catherine is a Chartered Management Accountant and a Senior Finance Manager at the University of Lincoln. Catherine has worked for the University for over ten years and has extensive experience in both financial and management accounting. As CFO to the Trust, Catherine leads on financial matters and supports the Accounting Officer to ensure compliance with requirements set out by the EFA.
Lincolnshire Educational Trust Board of Trustees Minutes