Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield

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Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield DL (born 31 July 1942) is a British educationalist, noted as an advocate for school autonomy.[1]

Balchin serves as Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University and Chairman of the trustees of ARNI. He is also the Chairman of the League of Mercy and a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. He previously served as Director-General of St. John Ambulance from 1984 to 1990. He was chairman of the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre (formerly Foundation) 1989-99 and has been Chairman of the Centre for Education Management (now CEFM) since 1995. He has also written numerous articles on education and politics.

Insignia of Knight Bachelor

Balchin was Knight Principal (chairman of the Knights' Council) of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor 2006-12,[2] and has served as Honorary Colonel of Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF since 2004. A freeman of the City of London, he is also a liveryman of the Goldsmiths' and the Broderers' companies.

Knighted in 1993,[3] Balchin was created a Life Peer on 17 December 2010 as Baron Lingfield, of Lingfield in the County of Surrey.[4][5] Sitting on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords, Balchin's schools initiative was proclaimed by the Daily Telegraph's deputy editor, Benedict Brogan, as being the "first and, as time passes, perhaps the most important legislative milestone achieved by the Coalition".[6] Lord Lingfield speaks in Parliament on Education affairs.[7]



Arms of Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield
Coronet of a Baron
A Demi-Bagwyn Argent, armed and unguled Or, gorged with a Collar compony Or and Vert, charged with Anchors counter-changed, and supporting a Wooden Beam proper, attached to the collar by a Chain Or.
Quarterly: 1st & 4th, Vert, a Crescent between eight Mullets in lozenge Or (Balchin); 2nd & 3rd, Azure, a Chain fesswise each link per pale Or and Argent, between three Fleurs-de-lis per pale Or and Argent (Skelton); en surtout an Escutcheon barry of six Ermine and Vert, charged with a Label of three-points in bend Or, each point charged with an Annulet Gules (Kinlay-Balchin).
Dexter: a Lion guardant Or, the body legs and tail semée of Spur Rowels spur upwards Gules, crowned with a Baron’s Coronet with Cap proper; Sinister: a Bagwyn Argent, armed, unguled and tail tufted Or, gorged with a Baron’s Coronet sans Cap proper, attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back and terminating in an Annulet Or.


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Preceded by
Sir Richard Gaskell
Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
Succeeded by
Professor Sir Colin Berry