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 and pioneer for school autonomy.[1]

Career[edit]

Lord Lingfield 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 and was chairman of the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre (formerly Foundation) from 1989 until 1999. He has been Chairman of the Centre for Education Management (now CEFM) since 1995.

Knighted in 1993,[2] becoming styled Sir Robert Balchin, he was raised to the peerage as a Life Peer on 17 December 2010 as Baron Lingfield, of Lingfield in the County of Surrey.[3][4] He was Knight Principal (chairman of the Knights' Council) of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor 2006-12,[5] and serves 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 Broderers' companies.

Lord Lingfield sits on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords, and speaks in parliament mainly on education matters.[6] He has written numerous articles on education and politics.

His 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".[7]

Honours[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield
Adopted
The armorial bearings of The Lord Lingfield were confirmed by the College of Arms in 1975, with the additional grant of supporters after being elevated to the peerage.
Coronet
Coronet of a British Baron.svg Coronet of a Baron
Crest
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.
Escutcheon
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 Inescutcheon 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).
Supporters
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.
Motto
De Bonne Esperance
(Of Good Hope)

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Preceded by
Sir Richard Gaskell
Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor.png
Knight Principal
of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

2006-2012
Succeeded by
Sir Colin Berry