Anne was a senior civil servant until 2020. The majority of her career was in the Department for Education where she held a range of posts, many of which involved support for disadvantaged learners. Her final role was as Director of Further Education.
Before joining the civil service, Anne was an officer in the Royal Air Force serving in Hong Kong and at RAF Cranwell.

She is currently chair of trustees for a growing multi-academy trust in Leicestershire and governor of a large further education college. She is also vice chair and lead education trustee for NACRO, a national social justice charity.

Anne gained an MBA form Nottingham Business School and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She is studying for a Masters in Philosophy.

Sonia Barron is the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations for the diocese of Lincoln – accompanying those exploring a call to ordained ministry in the Church of England. Prior to her current role she was a parish priest of five rural parishes near Newark for almost five years.

Formerly a secondary RE teacher by profession, her work as Head of Department saw her teaching at schools in London, Surrey, Nottingham and Uganda; and later teaching Biblical and Religious studies at the University of Nottingham.
In recent years she has championed the work of racial justice as Archbishops’ Adviser 2005-2011, Co-chair of the Archbishops’ Anti-racism Taskforce and currently serves as a member of their Racial Justice Commission (2021-2024) whose remit is to set an agenda for change, taking action to identify, respond to and root out systemic racism in the Church of England.

Sonia’s interest in higher education and commitment to issues of fairness and justice informs her contribution as a member of the BGU Council since 2019. She has recently been elected as Vice-Chair of University Council.

Other committee memberships include the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, (Sonia is Chair of its Learning and Development sub-committee). She is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and a member of the Archbishop’s Council’s Ministry Council that supports the team that oversees the selection, training and deployment of ordained ministers.

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Dr. Sacha Mason is Head of Programmes for Education, Health and Lifelong Learning and Associate Dean for Research . She joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2008 following a successful career in further education and as a primary teacher. Sacha is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her current research and publication interests focus on Relationships and Sex Education, mature learners and widening participation, and academic literacies.

Peter Neil has been Vice-Chancellor at BGU since 2013. He has worked in higher education for a number of years in all jurisdictions in the UK (Queen’s University, Belfast, Aberystwyth University, Wales and the University of the West of Scotland). He has qualifications in German, Education and Theology and was ordained as Anglican priest in St David’s, Wales. During the past ten years he has been Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) and of the Cathedrals Group of Universities. He is currently chair of the Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG) which is a joint committee of Universities UK and GuildHE. Internationally he chairs the Board of Trustees of Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC).

He is a member of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) and of the Voyage Education Partnership. In Lincoln he is a Trustee of the Historic Lincoln Trust and is a non-residentiary Canon of Lincoln Cathedral.

Scott Fleming is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and has responsibility for the development and implementation of the academic aspects of the Strategic Plan, chairing relevant committees, and line-management of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), Dean of Faculty, Directors of External Engagement and of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications, and the Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Scott is Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies and has a long-standing interest in ‘race relations’ and youth studies which form part of a wider portfolio of research linked to equality and diversity. His work embraces the social sciences and humanities, and more recent projects have been concerned with organisational cultures and aspects of sport development linked to public health. Throughout his career, he has maintained an interest in research methods and research ethics.

A former Chair of the Leisure Studies Association (2004-2009), Scott was a Managing Editor of Leisure Studies (2010-2016) and is a member of the Editorial Board of The Sport Psychologist. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Higher Education Academy.

Scott was also a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the Athena Swan Governance Committee, as well as being a Panel Chair for Advance HE’s Athena Swan and Race Equality Charters.

Revd. Marian Toyne has spent over thirty years in education, working primarily in secondary schools both in Harrow and North Lincolnshire and also within the youth service. She spent ten years in the North Lincolnshire Advisory Team, first as the Drugs and PSHCE Consultant working with multi-agency teams from police, school nurses and youth officers and then as an advisory officer in History, Geography and RE working across all primary and secondary schools, co-leading on curriculum design, Ofsted readiness, Graduate Teacher Training etc.

Marian has co-written the Local Agreed RE Syllabus in 1995, 2001, 2005, 2011 and the corresponding schemes of work for use across the Humber and York areas. She has been a RE Examiner and sat on various school governing bodies, both primary and secondary over some twenty plus years.

Ordained in 2014, and moving to full time priesthood in 2016, Marian served her curacy in Scunthorpe, became Rector of the Kelsey Group in 2019 and is currently Rural Dean of West Wold.













Meeting dates


Autumn Term 2019
G&N Committee16 October
Spring Term 2020
G&N Committee12 February
Summer Term 2020
G&N Committee13 May


Autumn Term 2018
G&N Committee10 October
Spring Term 2019
G&N Committee06 February
Summer Term 2019
G&N Committee15 May

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