Telford Town Deal Board members

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Graham Wynn OBE, Chair

Graham Wynn grew up in Shropshire and founded Telford based TTC Group, the country’s largest driver retraining organisation with his wife Jenny in the 1990s.

Graham joined the Board of the Marches LEP in 2011 and served as Chairman from 2013 until 2019 serving his full six-year term.

He has served on the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and the Telford Land Deal Board, is a founding member of Telford Business Partnership and former chair of Telford Business Board. He has also served on the Midlands Connect Board and the Board of the National LEP Network representing the six West Midlands LEPs. In 2006 he was awarded the OBE for services to road safety.

Mr and Mrs Wynn have set up the Wynn Foundation, a charity to support community needs and create opportunities for groups and individuals across Shropshire to prosper.

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Lucy Allan MP, MP for Telford

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Mark Pritchard MP, MP for the Wrekin

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Councillor Shaun Davies, Leader, Telford & Wrekin Council

Councillor Shaun Davies was first elected in 2011 to Telford and Wrekin Council, and immediately appointed to the Cabinet. He was given the lead on Council transformation to a cooperative council, and his later cabinet roles included Place, and Commercial Projects. Shaun and his team have halved youth unemployment in the area, and spearheaded the Pride in the Community Programme which has improved the roads, footways, and built environment across the wards of Telford & Wrekin. He was elected Leader of the Council in May 2016, and since then he has also been instrumental in a number of initiatives to promote the Borough as a place for business and investment, including the Telford Growth Package and Telford Land Deal, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, between the Council and Homes England. Shaun led his Labour administration to its best ever result in May 2019 when his group was returned with a significantly increased majority bucking the regional and national trends.

Shaun is a Non-Executive Director of Wrekin Housing Group and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership as well being a member of the Local Government Association City Regions Board.

Shaun remains one of the youngest council leaders in the United Kingdom, and is a dynamic and progressive leader with many plans for the future of his Telford and Wrekin Council. Raised and educated in the Borough, Shaun studied law at Aberystwyth University. In addition to his Council work, he lives in Telford with his wife and family.

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Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure

Councillor David Wright, Councillor for St. Georges

David Wright is the Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure on Telford & Wrekin Council and also sits on two local parish councils in the Telford area.

He served as Member of Parliament for Telford from 2001 to 2015. Prior to entering Parliament he worked in the local authority housing sector.

Following his time in Parliament he was Chief Executive of a regeneration charity in Wolverhampton and then went on to work for the National Trust.

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Mandy Thorn MBE, Marches LEP

Mandy Thorn MBE was appointed Chair of the Marches LEP in September 2019.

A leading figure in the social care sector, Mrs Thorn is chair of Shrewsbury-based Marches Care Ltd, an SME provider of nursing and dementia services.

Mrs Thorn, a previous vice-chair at the LEP and former chair of Shropshire Business Board, received her MBE in 2014 for services to dementia and is the current president of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and chair of Lingen Davies Cancer Trust.

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Karl Tupling, Homes England

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Professor Nazira Karodia, University of Wolverhampton

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Paul Hinkins, Telford Business Board

Paul Hinkins is the MD of Business Watch Guarding Ltd who supply private security services based in Telford. Paul is single-minded in his determination to help Telford and Wrekin area showcase all that it has to offer. He truly understands the needs and aspirations of the community and businesses, a subject of which he is passionate about.

Paul is delighted to be part of the Town Deal Board and to be able to help identify packages for long term economic growth in Telford and Wrekin, covering investment, infrastructure, business support, successes, trends and analysis.

As well as his role as Chair of the Telford Business Board, Paul is a Board member of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of the Marches Building Investment Grant Board and Chair of Telford College Corporation.

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Maria Machancoses, Midland Connect

Maria has been instrumental in the success and development of Midlands Connect since helping to set up the partnership in 2014. She has led the growth of the organisation in to one of the largest and most successful partnership programmes in the country, bringing together 23 local authorities, 9 local enterprise partnerships, 8 chambers of commerce, Birmingham and East Midlands airports, HS2 Ltd, Network Rail and Highways England.

In March 2017, Midlands Connect published a landmark 25 year regional transport strategy that set out a vision to grow the Midlands economy by £5 billion a year, contributing to the Midlands Engine’s Vision for Growth.

The priority projects Midlands Connect is taking forward for more detailed development were updated in July 2018 with the publication of Our Routes To Growth.

The partnership, together with government, is driving a multi-million pound programme to accelerate the delivery of its transport priorities to 2020 and beyond.

Maria has also worked as Interim Director of the Midlands Engine, a partnership which aims to generate a step change in productivity, economic growth in the Midlands and help drive Britain’s post-Brexit growth.

With a degree in Law and an MSc in International Transport, Maria has spent the last 20 years working in the UK transport industry.

Prior to joining Midlands Connect, Maria held senior positions in local government, including the West Midlands Combined Authority where she led the authority’s input in to the landmark HS2 Hybrid Bill and was senior advisor in master-planning activities around proposed HS2 stations in the West Midlands.

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Graham Guest, Telford College

Graham Guest is the CEO and Principal of Telford College, which was formed in December 2017 from the merger of New College Telford and Telford College of Arts and Technology. Graham was appointed in March 2017 and led what has been described as a seamless merger. 

Graham has experience of working at a senior level at a number of colleges around the country, and also ran his own successful private training and consultancy business. Prior to working in Telford he spent 10 years working in London at number of colleges and also at the Mayor’s office. 

Having a passion for changing people’s lives through education, during his time in London he led on the skills development for the regeneration of the 02 peninsula for further education. He also restructured the Adult Education and Skills College in Lewisham, changing the profile and pathways to ensure minority groups had opportunities to train and gain employment.

Graham has spoken on the national stage about his experience of gang and knife crime and how education is the key to changing people’s lives.

At Telford College he is passionate about the contribution that his College can make to the local community, raising people’s aspirations and developing the local economy.

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David Evans, CCG

David has held a number of posts in both nursing and general healthcare management including Director of Nursing Policy and Development at a large acute trust. He became the Project Director for the Kidderminster Treatment Centre (KTC) and subsequently General Manager and a member of the Trust Board. He was Director of Operations for Powys Teaching Health Board in Wales.

As Accountable Officer for both NHS Shropshire CCG and NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG, David answers to NHS England for ensuring the CCGs fulfil their duties to exercise their functions effectively, efficiently and economically thus ensuring improvement in the quality of services and the health of the local population whilst maintaining value for money.

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Felicity Wingrove, Zen Communications

Fliss runs an award-winning PR and content agency, supporting clients across the globe. As one of the UK's leading experts in the applied psychology of language, she's also a noted speaker, coach and trainer around all aspects of communications mastery. Most importantly though, she's chosen to base her agency in Telford, she lives in the town with her partner, and their two children attend a local school and nursery respectively. She's on the board to represent the SME business community, and also as an employer, a resident, and a parent.

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Guy Beaumont, Sovereign Centros

Guy has been a qualified surveyor for 14 years. He is a Director at Sovereign Centros, where he has been for 10 years, working in an Asset Management and Development Management capacity. He currently oversees major development projects. Guy has worked on The Telford Centre since Sovereign Centros were appointed to asset manage the Centre in 2012.

After graduating in 2004, he worked at Sanderson Weatherall (valuation), DTZ (professional & development) and Montagu Evans Channel Islands (general practice).

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Caro Hart, Community/Voluntary Sector representative


Observer

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Officers attending

  • David Sidaway, Chief Executive
  • Angie Astley,  Executive Director, Housing, Communities and Customer Services
  • Katherine Kynaston, Director – Housing, Employment and Infrastructure
  • James Dunn, Director of Prosperity and Investment
  • Nigel Newman, Communications Manager