Robert Balchin, The Lord Lingfield, is Pro-Chancellor of Brunel
University. He is the Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of
Knights Bachelor (Chairman of the Knights' Council). He was
knighted for services to education in January 1993.
Sir Robert was Director General of St John Ambulance for five
years in the 1980s and was the senior education policy adviser to
the Government throughout the early '90s. He devised and ran the
programme for autonomy in state schools and was Chairman of the
Grant-Maintained School Foundation from 1989-98. He currently
Chairs the Commission on Special Needs in Education.
He has been a teacher, lecturer and company director and is the
Founder Chairman of The English Schools Orchestra and of the League
of Mercy, a charity which encourages and recognises voluntary work
in caring for the sick. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London
and his appointment as Knight Principal was approved by The Queen
in 2006. Robert Balchin was created a life peer on 17 December 2010
as Baron Lingfield.
He was awarded the Order of St John in 1984 and has several
honorary degrees and fellowships.
2012 Children's University