Professor Mart Stuart CBE (Chair of Members) is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, SA and the Open University, UK where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on social mobility and higher education, Life Histories and Civic Engagement and Leadership in 21st Century organisations.

Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of university leadership, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has developed the University significantly, culminating, this year, in establishing a new Medical School. Mary has also successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln establishing several research institutes including the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology and the National Centre for Rural Health and Care, responding to several global challenges. She has grown Humanities and the Social Sciences expanding the University from 8,000 students when she joined to just over 15,000 students in 2019, enhancing research provision and driving improvements in research infrastructure and capability. She has driven local and regional engagement as a key theme to enhance the regional economy and to connect the global challenges with local need. She has recently worked with the Civic University Commission to develop national policy guidelines on Civic Universities. Mary is the founder of the 21st century Lab examining higher education’s response to changing society in our time.

Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in partnership with students, alumni and the academic community promoting the traditional concept of a community of scholars. Mary was named as the Guardian’s ‘Most Inspiring Leader in Higher Education’ at their HE awards in 2018. She was also awarded a CBE for her services to Higher Education in the same year.


Mary has always been involved in policy developments nationally and currently is a member of UUK’s Advisory panel on Admissions, a Trustee of the Universities Partnership Programme (UPP) Foundation and a Fellow of the Bridge Group. Mary is also a Commissioner on the National Civic University Commission.


Mary is Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) and the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP). She is a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board, Director of Lincoln Science and Innovation Park (LSIP), Director of Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), Chair of the Members of Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET) and member of the Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).

Professor Toby Wilkinson (Member and Chair of Trustees) is Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln. 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 (Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee) 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) 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.

Professor Ian Abrahams (Trustee) is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Science Education at the University of Lincoln. Ian’s previous roles include head of department and a teacher of physics.

Andy Robinson (Trustee) is, Regional Operations Manager for Sainsbury’s. He is a highly proficient senior executive with over 35 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.

Mark Tinsley (Member) graduated from London University and worked for 7 years as a manager of a complex farming business with a packing house supplying both Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury. Following this Mark returned home to farm and is still there on 600 hectacres farming potatoes, vegetables and cereals.

Mark has been either a Chairman or Director of a number of Food and Farming businesses and on the Board of the NFU Mutual and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. Mark was previously a member of a government commission looking at sustainable food and farming and helped set up the Red Tractor Scheme and chaired the Oxford Farming Conference. Mark also spend a period of time on the governing body of Ayscoughfee Hall School.

Mark enjoys all sport, studying the natural environment and reading good books.

Simon Parkes (Member) is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance & Infrastructure) at the University of Lincoln. His role is to ensure that the University operates from an inspiring, efficient and well-maintained estate; that the services for staff and students on the campus work effectively and that the University is financially secure. Simon came to the University because he believed that universities can transform the lives of students and communities and, in particular, the University of Lincoln’s values in widening participation, creating opportunity and contribution to the local economy match his own. Simon was originally an Accountant and has served in both the Royal Air Force and the Army.

Michelle Allison (Trustee)

Michelle has over 30 years’ experience in public service during which time she has undertaken a number of senior leadership roles within the education, skills and employment sectors, working in both national and local government, in public and private sector agencies and within charitable and third sector bodies. Previous job roles include Head of SEND and Lead High Need Commissioner for North Yorkshire County Council,  Director of SEND Services & Commissioning for a National Children’s Trust Charity, Senior Development Adviser for the Training & Enterprise Council and Partnership Manager for the Learning & Skills Council.  More recently Michelle has taken up the role of Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire & Rutland Education Business Partnership (The EBP).  Michelle is passionate about supporting all young people to thrive and succeed and make a successful transition to adult life.  Her work has involved all aspects of strategic planning for children and young people including working on a range of local, regional and national initiatives.

Edward Libbey

Keith Batty

Will Naylor

Professor Scott Davidson

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