Paul Hinkins, Chair Corporation

Paul moved to Shropshire in 2003, after acquiring BWG Ltd in Telford which is in the Private Security Industry. The company has since developed into being in the top 10% of accredited security providers of security provision services in the country.

He is passionate about the development of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire and is involved with a number of business boards and sub­ committees all of which are focused on economic development, skills and inward investment.

Most of his career has been in service delivery and marketing and held a number of positions at director level prior to moving to Shropshire .

Paul joined the Corporation in July 2013 and was elected chair of the corporation in December 2016.

Roger Betteridge, Vice Chair Corporation

After obtaining a Masters degree in Numerical Analysis at Southampton University, Roger started his career in the Civil Service doing Operational Research within the Treasury. From 1982 to 2008, he worked for HMRC in Telford, apart from a four year period on secondment as Chief Technical Advisor on a United Nations development project in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. Before he retired in 2008, he specialised in the measurement of outputs and productivity for all aspects of the different services provided by HMRC’s IT suppliers. He also provided statistical advice to HMRC’s Internal Auditors in regard to sample sizes and the analysis of results.

Roger was elected to the Board in September 2007 and elected Vice-Chair of the corporation in December 2016.


Ian Clinton, Interim Principal

Ian is an experienced Principal and Chief Executive and has held a number of senior roles including President of a Chamber of Commerce and Chair/Deputy Chair of two Local Strategic Partnerships.  He has also served  as a Governor and Vice Chair on a FE college corporation.

As Principal, Ian has served at five previous colleges over a 20 year period. He is passionate about making a difference for young people and the local business community. He was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to FE and the borough of Blackburn.

Ian joined the college in December 2016

Steve Hogan

Steve is an experienced Managing Director with a wide range of industry skills from many industry sectors. He has a passion for introducing the very latest technology such as virtual and augmented reality simulation 360 video, transforming the way we approach safety training.

Steve joined the corporation October 2016


Joseph Comery

Joseph is a Level 3 Public Services student. He is also an active member of the college’s student council.

Joseph joined the corporation as a Student Governor in October 2016




Duncan Varnes

Duncan has extensive experience as a Company Director in UK, European and Asian businesses spanning aerospace, software and service sectors.

Duncan joined the corporation October 2016



Neil Phillips

Neil was born and educated in Telford. After gaining a degree in accountancy at Exeter University, he trained as a chartered accountant in Bristol with Cooper & Lybrand. After some years as a partner with another Telford based firm and within a Birmingham firm, Neil joined Phillips chartered accountants in 2000.  Neil enjoys athletics and has completed the London Marathon run five times.

He joined the corporation October 2016



Kerry Boffey

Kerry is a highly- regarded and respected quality improvement advisor across the F.E network. She is managing director of the Adult Learning Improvement Network.  Kerry is also an accomplished speaker and presenter, trainer and facilitator, providing support and coaching initiatives to improve provision within adult education, SFA and EFA programmes.  An authority on inspection services, she has been commissioned by CFBT on behalf of OFSTED to recruit, train, access and coach new inspectors.

Kerry joined the corporation in December 2016

Rosie Beswick

Managing Consultant of her own business support and market research consultancy, founded in 2002. A consultancy that works in multiple industrial sectors with businesses from global international blue chips to local SMEs and including the public sector.

Though starting life as a Company Accountant, Rosie soon moved away from that world to focus on running her own companies in a variety of fields. Rosie has worked in a good range of industries from engineering to the arts. Rosie has even created and manufactured her own product range for a sister company, a company that she successfully sold in 2016.  

Since 2010 Rosie has been a co-leader, on a voluntary basis, of the women’s business network, Network with Style. Rosie believes we can succeed in multiple sectors if we embrace the learning required and strive to achieve. Rosie is an unsupported dyslexic and very keen to support others coping with dyslexia.

Rosie joined the Corporation in December 2009.

David Lowe

David joined the Corporation in 2012, having previously served as a co-opted member to the Estates Committee. David qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1992, after working for a developer in London during the 1980s. Once qualified David moved to Birmingham to work as an Asset Manager of commercial property portfolios primarily for pension and life assurance funds as well as plc.s and private clients. The primary role involved the proactive management of retail shopping centres office and industrial parks.

Now based in Shropshire David works both within the local and regional commercial property market. David is a Director of a property holding company(s), board member of Telford Business Partnership and a Trustee of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

David Joined the corporation in 2012

Candace Miller

A zoologist by background, Candace’s first job was as Education officer for the Glasgow Zoological Society. That post led to an exciting and varied career in vocational education and training research, working for U.K. government departments, sector skills bodies, qualification regulators and other national agencies.

With a particular interest in ensuring that employers have a strong say in the design and delivery of vocational education, Candace is a strong advocate of the benefits of high quality further education and training, including well delivered apprenticeship programmes.

Now, in her role as Director of the National Skills Academy for Health, Candace is working to bring about improvements in the education and training provision for those entering and working within the health and care sector.

Candace and her family made North Shropshire their home more than 20 years ago and greatly enjoy living in this historic and vibrant county.

Candace joined the corporation in 2015

David Gough

Although with a background in teaching PE and science, David is now Operations Director of Solar Electronics Ltd based near Bridgnorth.

He is responsible for the financial and logistics side of the business facilitating and encouraging operational growth. His strength is the implementation and efficient development of companies with special emphasis towards staffing and their development, financial and resource planning and the organisation of operational processes. David’s real satisfaction comes from the creation of jobs and the support of families that benefit from employment.

David joined the corporation in 2014


Jim Welch

Jim has been a Lecturer in Engineering at TCAT for over 16 years and has seen the College through many changes.

He has undertaken various roles including Schools Liaison and Programme Manager.He has engineering experience with the aerospace industry and vacuum technology, where as a Production Engineer he oversaw the manufacture of precision engineered products.

Jim joined the corporation as a Staff Governor in 2015



Liz Bekker, Staff Member

In my cross College roles, I have worked closely with both staff and students, from supporting them in an administrative capacity to joining them on educational day and residential visits as a supporting female member of staff.   I have gathered a wealth of information and empathy which I have been able to apply to my current role of Learner Services Secretary.

My position is very interesting as I work closely for the Deputy Principal Learner Services.  Aspects of the role have given me a knowledge, familiarisation and understanding of the College from minute taking at meetings such as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group, Safeguarding network etc, to maintaining College policies and procedures, I also liaise with external organisations such the police, Telford and Wrekin representatives, local schools etc.

Liz joined the corporation as a staff governor in 2014