Town Deal Board Members

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Graham Wynn OBE, Chair

Graham was born into a large Shropshire farming family and followed a career in engineering. In the 1980s Graham was appointed a Magistrate for Shropshire serving on the Telford bench.

In the 1990s, Graham and his wife, Jenny, founded Telford based TTC Group, the largest driver education and retraining organisation in the UK. Graham also served on the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

In 2006, he was awarded the OBE for services to Road Safety.

Graham and Jenny retired from the TTC Group in 2017.

In 2011 Graham joined the board of Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) serving Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford &Wrekin, he was appointed Chairman in 2013. In addition, Graham also served on the Midlands Connect Board and the board of the National LEP Network representing six West Midlands LEPs. He stood down in 2019 after serving his full six-year term as Head of the LEP.

Graham was a founding member of Telford Business Partnership, and former Chair of Telford Business Board and various growth companies for Telford. In 2016, Graham’s work with Business and Entrepreneurship regionally and nationally was recognised by the University of Wolverhampton and he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

More recently, Mr and Mrs Wynn have created the Wynn Foundation, a charity to support community needs and create opportunities for groups and individuals across Shropshire and support them to prosper.

Graham is an Owner/Director of Wynn Developments, a property management and investment company, and Elmhurst Care Home in Prees.

Currently, Graham Chairs the Telford Town Deal Board, securing Government growth funds to bring major projects forward to secure the future growth and development of Telford.

Other interests include competing in motorsport.

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Lucy Allan MP, MP for Telford

Lucy Allan is the Member of Parliament for Telford, she was first elected to represent Telford in May 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Lucy trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working for Price Waterhouse specialising in Insolvency and business turnaround. She then had a career in financial services. She has a Masters Degree in Law and has acted as an employment law advisor taking employee cases to Tribunal, as well as serving on Employment Tribunal panels.

Lucy has served as a Councillor, as a Trustee of a domestic violence charity, a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Trust Board, a School Governor at a number of schools, including Holmer Lake Primary and a Trustee of a Pupil Referral Unit.

In Parliament Lucy is a member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. Previously, Lucy has been a member of the Education Select Committee and Women and Equalities Committee. Lucy was the founder and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Towns to lobby Government on issues relating to New Towns.

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Mark Pritchard MP, MP for the Wrekin (ex-Officio board member)

Mark Pritchard is the Member of Parliament for Wrekin, first elected to Parliament in May 2005.


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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 Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council Cabinet Member Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street

Lee Carter is the current Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street for Telford & Wrekin Council. He was first elected to the Council in 2015 as Member for College Ward in Wellington and was appointed as Lead Member for Finance and Service Delivery. In his first year he oversaw one of the most extensive budget consultations ever held with the local Community and was instrumental in developing the ‘Telford & Wrekin Partnership Deal’ which protected Community Centres and other Community facilities from closure.

In his current role he has overseen the Pride in Your High Street Programme the nationally recognised programme which has overseen the regeneration of High Streets in Telford & Wrekin and he instigated the development of Community Action Teams which have helped continue Telford’s excellent reputation for clean, green neighbourhoods. He was also involved in the implementation of the Independent Inquiry into CSE in Telford and the implementation of recommendations from the Inquiry.

For 12 Years Lee served as the Chairman and Managing Director of AFC Telford United, having lead the campaign to resurrect the club as a community owned football club in 2004. He became Chairman of AFC Telford United at the age of 26, and led the development of the club from a start-up business to a fully functioning successful Social Enterprise through growing membership, extensive engagement with the local community and excellent partnership working.

Lee was made Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin in 2005. He is a recipient of the Supporters Direct Outstanding Contribution to the Supporters Trust Movement Award and the Robert Owen Group Outstanding Contribution to Communities Award.

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Sonia Roberts MBE, Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

Sonia Roberts is a distinguished professional with a proven track record of success in both the private and voluntary sectors and a strong commitment to fostering economic growth and community development, she is Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership uniting the business community, public sector, and academia to drive economic prosperity across the Hereford, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin regions bringing £196 million to the region over the las decade.


Sonia Roberts is CEO of Landau, a local supported employment organisation which was awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2021 and is a director with the Shropshire Community Foundation, where she continues to contribute to the betterment of the local community through her expertise and philanthropic efforts.


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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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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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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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Will Westley, Telford Business Board

Will Westley, Founder and Managing Director of Priority Managed Services Ltd and Chair of Telford Business Board CIC, is a Strategic Leader and Executive Mentor who has a wealth of expertise in business performance improvement as well as operational excellence, and is a proven Turnaround Specialist.

Starting out as an undergraduate within an International manufacturing group, Will successfully cut his teeth on high profile technology projects, applying the world-class practises he would become known for within the industry. After achieving his Bachelor of Science in Production Technology and Business Management, he was appointed Group Director within a family business, where he instigated an aggressive growth plan resulting in an increase in turnover of £14 million per annum in the years that followed.

An expert in strategic focus, communication, and change management, Will has over 30 years’ board-level leadership experience across the telecoms, technology, business support services, and manufacturing environments. He has forged a reputation for delivering fast-track results in areas such as operational excellence, business performance improvement, and business transformation.

Will’s extensive knowledge, passion, and commitment led to the development and launch of the UK’s first live digital TV and digital radio broadcast service to mobile phones for BT Plc. And, he was ultimately responsible for the subsequent relationship management of the key stakeholders within Ofcom, Government (DCMS) and international bodies involved in the project.

Currently providing 1-2-1 Executive mentoring to businesses across Telford and Wrekin through UKMentor, Will provides empathy, expert communication and influencing skills to support his clients who reap the rewards of service excellence, accelerated growth, and optimised profits.

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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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Claire Skidmore, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin CCG

Claire Skidmore has worked in NHS finance for 25 years and has held a number of senior roles. She currently holds the position of Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Accountable Officer for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG and sits on the Board to represent health services in the County.


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Julie Mellor, Community/Voluntary Sector

Julie represents the Voluntary and Community Sector in Telford and Wrekin. She has been a long standing member of the Chief Officers Group (COG) for Telford and Wrekin for many, many years.

Julie has been Chief officer of Taking Part for the past 10 years and has worked for Taking Part since 2002. Taking Part provides information, advice, advocacy and guidance for people with health and social care needs across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Taking Part is a collaborative delivery of the partnership in Shropshire Advice, Advocacy and Welfare Benefits (AWWB) service and the Wellbeing Independence Partnership (WIP) in Telford and Wrekin. Taking Part pride themselves as being an organisation who can adapt and change to meet the needs of our communities for the people who live in them.

Julie originates and lives in Telford and has a grown up family with grandchildren. Julie takes great pride in being part of and representing the communities of Telford, being involved in the achievements and ongoing developments which makes Telford a great place to live.

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John Mather, Homes England

John Mather is a Senior Partnership & Business Development Manager for Homes England, the Government’s Housing and Regeneration Agency. He has over 30 years’ experience in housing in the public, charitable and private sectors. 

John is currently working in the team developing business and partnerships across the West Midlands and holds the Homes England relationship lead for Telford & Wrekin.



Observer

  • Alex Collins, BEIS Area Lead