Dr Tim Lincoln


I had the good fortune to join the IT industry almost at its inception and spent 31 years for IBM working in wide range of technical, consulting and leadership roles around the world. During this time I helped clients in many industries develop IT based business strategies and acted as an adviser to UK and EU government agencies.

Throughout my career I have been a strong believer in further and higher education. After a rewarding period as a secondary school teacher, I returned to university to take a PhD in nuclear physics. Whilst with IBM I was the Planning Manager of the European Systems Research Institute in Brussels and, for 10 years, a Visiting Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford.  On retirement I took a part-time degree in Philosophy at Reading University and became a member of the Oxfordshire Schools Appeal Panel. I was also privileged to play a role within the NHS as non-executive director and Chairman of two large acute hospitals. I am currently a member of the Court of Brunel University and a member of the ‘Research Ethics Committee’ at Reading University.

Since I joined the college’s Corporation Board in 2011, I have taken an active interest in our LDD programme and the governance of the college. I was invited to join a government working party on FE governance and became a National Leader of Governance. I was Vice-Chair of the College between 2012-16 and have chaired the Governance and Strategy, and Curriculum and Quality Committees.

I have a long-term interest in classic cars and motorcycles and for many years have been an active rower competing at national and international level. I am convinced that FE will play an essential role in the UK education sector over the coming years and I feel greatly privileged to be a member of the college’s corporation board.