Paul Hinkins, Chair Corporation

Paul moved to Shropshire in 2003 after acquiring Business Watch Guarding Ltd in Telford which is in the Private Security Industry. The company has since made it into the top 10% of accredited providers of security provision services in the country.

Joint Vice-Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, Paul is passionate about the development of both the Borough of Telford & Wrekin and also Shropshire. Paul is involved with a number of business boards and sub committees, all of which are focused on economic development, skills and inward investment. Paul also sits as Chair of the Marches Growth Hub and Telford Business Board.

Most of Paul’s career has been in service delivery and marketing, and he has 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.

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee
Remunerations Committee
Shadow Board Committee

Link Area:
Employer Engagement

 


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.

Committees:
Audit Committee
Quality and Standards Committee
Remunerations Committee

Link Area:
English and Maths
Higher Education

 


Graham Guest- Principal


Graham has worked in education for 28 years, starting out as a lecturer in building services. He has since gone on to work in six further education colleges and also running his own training provider business. He has previously worked in colleges across the West Midlands and London as well as the Ofsted grade one provider, Exeter College. Prior to joining TCAT as Principal, Graham was Deputy Principal at Waltham Forest College.

Graham joined the corporation in May 2017

Committees:
Finance & Resources

 

Ian Clinton

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

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee


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

Committees:
Search Committee
Audit Committee

Link Area:
Computing, Accounting, Professional and Creative Studies

 


Joseph Comery

Joseph is a Level 3 Public Services student and an active member of the college’s student council.  He is passionate about his role as Student Governor and takes his responsibility for representing the student body on the Corporation Board very seriously.  Joseph is committed to ensuring the views of his peers are considered as part of the Corporation’s decision-making and helping to improve the student experience.

Joseph joined the corporation as a Student Governor in October 2016

 

Committees:
Quality and Standards Committee

 

 

 


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

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee

Link Area:
Leisure Studies

 

 


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

 

 

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee
Safeguarding & EDI Sub-Committee
Shadow Board Committee

Link Area:
Finance
MIS- Management Information Systems

 


Kerry Boffey

Kerry has a wealth of experience in supporting and advising leadership and management across the Further Education Sector. She is managing director of the Adult Learning Improvement Network, a company providing training, support and quality improvement solutions nationally. A former Ofsted inspector for many years, Kerry is still actively involved with Ofsted as part of a quality action group.

Kerry joined the corporation in December 2016

Committees:
Quality and Standards Committee
Safeguarding & EDI Sub-Committee
Search Committee
Shadow Board Committee

Link Area:
Learner Services

 


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.

 

Committees:
Audit Committee
Quality and Standards Committee
Remunerations Committee
Safeguarding & EDI Sub-Committee (Chair)

Link Area:
Human Resources & Marketing (Inc. IT Services)
Engineering, Vehicle Technology and Construction


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

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee
Search Committee

Link Area:
Engineering, Vehicle Technology and Construction


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

Committees:
Audit Committee

Link Area:
Access, Health, Early Years & Teacher Education


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

Committees:
Finance and Resources Committee (Chair)
Quality and Standards Committee
Remunerations Committee
Search Committee

Link Area:
Finance
MIS- Management Information Systems

 


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

Committees:
Quality and Standards Committee

 

 


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

Committees:
Quality and Standards Committee
Safeguarding & EDI Sub-Committee


Lisa Lamb

Lisa worked in administration for many years and after having children she wanted to continue academic learning. So in 2009 Lisa signed up to Study British Sign Language at TCAT. Since then she has completed courses such as Award in Support work in schools, Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools, Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in schools. Lisa is currently studying a Foundation Degree in Early Years Services through Wolverhampton University which is delivered at TCAT.  Lisa feels the facility at TCAT are amazing and the teaching staff are inspiring.  Lisa feel very privileged to have been voted in by her peers as HE Governor and hope to work alongside them and others to ensure that they maintain the high standards of teaching and learning at TCAT in the future.

 

Lisa joined the corporation as a Student Governor in February 2017 

Committees:
Quality and Standards Committee