New principal/CEO appointed at Telford College of Arts & Technology

Published: April 28, 2017
Photo of Chair of Governors Paul Hinkins, student Jacob Hayler Engineering Level 3 Student with Graham Guest, College principal and CEO outside the college's engineering block, the Discovery Centre.

Paul Hinkins chair of TCAT corporation and shadow board with Jacob Hayler an Engineering Level 3 Student and Graham Guest, the college principal and CEO outside of the college’s engineering department, the Discovery Centre.

Telford College of Arts and Technology [TCAT]  can today announce the appointment of a new principal and CEO taking effect from 1 May 2017.
Graham Guest, will join the organisation with immediate effect having been in post as deputy principal at Waltham Forest College.
He 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.
TCAT Interim Principal Ian Clinton will remain in post until 31 July 2017 to support the lead up to the merger with NCT.
Telford College of Arts and Technology and New College Telford are proposed to officially merge on 1 August 2017 and be rebranded as Telford College.
Graham Guest said: “I’ve lived in Shropshire for nearly two years now so I am honoured at having the opportunity to lead the organisation during this exciting time.
“There have been great strides made this year and I will be looking to keep up the momentum and take the new college to the next level with the support of staff.
“There is the opportunity to share best practice, knowledge and expertise from both sites and to build a strong and successful college in Telford.
“The merger will also bring together academic excellence and career-focused skills to support the future development of Telford.
“We want to be the college for everyone in this community whether you’re a school leaver looking to go to university or start a career, an adult developing their skills or a business wanting to grow.”
Paul Hinkins, chair of TCAT corporation and shadow board, added: “Graham brings a wealth of educational experience to the organisation with his strong track record in improvement and teaching performance.
“Graham knows first-hand the importance of the college having outstanding teaching and learning having been a lecturer himself.
“He also has diverse range of experience in creating partnerships with businesses in the region that can support our students with their qualifications.
“He will be coming into the organisation, which has already seen an increase in applications this year, and continuing the positive work of Interim Principal Ian Clinton.”