Meet the Telford College Governors

Rose Beswick

A business owner since 1990 and prior to that managing businesses on behalf of others. Rosie started out as a Company Accountant but soon found general management, industry, IT, and market research far more exciting.

Louise Biffin

Louise is an experienced outcome driven finance leader (ACCA qualified) and non-executive director having operated in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years. Experienced at executive and board level, she is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting, is a Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and the Institute of Directors.

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Paul Birch

Paul is an experienced Group Head of Human Resources at Wrekin Housing Trust, with a demonstrated history of working in the housing sector. He is skilled in human resources, coaching, performance management, and organisational development.

Dan Blasczyk - Staff governor

Dan is the college’s Student Engagement Officer and one of the Corporation’s staff governors. He has worked at the college for 11 years and thoroughly enjoys his role. His role in the college is to ensure all students are able to use their voice to improve the student experience for everyone at the college. He works with all students throughout the year, including apprentices, 16-19, Access and Higher Education.

Gail Bleasby - Vice Chair of the Corporation

Born in Telford and a former New College and University of Wolverhampton, Gail currently lives in Wellington. Gail was the former Chair of New College Telford and is also a governor (and Vice Chair) at the Kickstart Academy. Gail currently works as an Integration Programme Manager for Life and Pensions compact ReAssure based in Telford. Gail’s background is Project and Programme management, Gail has also worked for Telford and Wrekin Council and holds an MSc in Strategic Management.

Corin Crane

After graduating with a degree in English & Politics and a Post Grad in HR, Corin has since worked for the TUC in Yorkshire and Humberside, Advantage West Midlands Rural Regeneration, Learning and Skills Council and Telford and Wolverhampton Councils, heading up Economic Development and Inward Investment teams.Corin was Director of the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership where he had overall responsibility for around £200m of funds to drive regeneration and help local businesses grow.

Wendy Farrington-Chadd

Wendy is a senior and experienced Board Director and has worked predominantly within the NHS and has undertaken several Executive roles at Chief Executive and Finance Director level. She has worked across the complete spectrum of the healthcare system both in hospital providers and in commissioning, and has experience in both England and Wales. Wendy Joined the NHS through the National Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme in the North West and undertook several senior roles prior to obtaining Financial Director roles.

Graham Guest - Principal & Chief Executive

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.

Paul Hinkins - Chair of the Corporation

Paul is the MD of Business Watch Guarding Ltd who supply private security services based in Telford. Paul is single-minded in his determination to support Telford College and showcase all that it has to offer. He truly understands the needs and aspirations of students, college staff, the community and businesses, subjects of which he is passionate about. Paul is delighted to be Chair of the Corporation and to be able to contribute to the success and needs of our students and employers for long term economic growth in Telford and Wrekin and surrounding areas.

Geoff Layer

Geoff Layer has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since August 2011. Geoff was previously Chair of the Department for Education’s Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and is now Chair of the Disabled Students’ Commission, which was commissioned by the Minister of State for Universities. At a national level, Geoff is also currently Chair of the Student Loans Company Stakeholder Forum, a Director of Advance HE, a Trustee of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, and a Trustee of the Worker's Educational Association (WEA). He is also currently a member of the Universities UK Task and Finish Group on Universities and Economic and Social Recovery.

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Ruth Matthews

Ruth taught business and languages in Further Education colleges in Staffordshire and at Staffordshire University. She was Qualifications Manager for a leading awarding body where she managed teams of examiners assessing GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications. She now works as a freelance consultant providing services to professional institutions, regulatory bodies and examination boards. She has written a number of textbooks and teaching resources for critical thinking examinations.

Aleksandra Mikolajczyk - Student governor

Aleksandra is an A-Level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology student at Telford College and is one of the Corporation’s student governors. After completing her A-Levels, Aleksandra plans on going into undergraduate study for psychology, a doctorate in clinical psychology and after that to eventually work as a therapist. Aleksandra been very involved with additional activities in the college (aside from being in the student council and a student governor), such as recording an introduction to Telford College for the new 2020 students, as well as being interviewed about it. She has participated in open evenings helping in the psychology department to talk about her experience as a first-year student to introduce possible new students to what psychology has to offer and the overall structure of the course.

Chris Pallett

Chris has worked in globally renowned tech companies for more than 25 years, most of those leading his own award-winning technology services provider (Bespoke Computing Ltd) to help businesses achieve more through adoption of good technology strategy. He regularly speaks with the local business community on the business end of IT; enabling businesses to learn about technology, and how the application of tech in real-world scenarios can add value to every business.

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Gavin Real - Staff Governor

Gavin is one of the staff governors on the Corporation and he is employed by the college as a Business and HR Lecturer. He has been working at Telford College 2017 and prior to this he completed his teacher training with Idsall School in Shifnal. He moved into teaching after a career in hospitality management and the voluntary sector, where he was an Operations Manager working with the Church of England. Outside of work Gavin is a trustee for two charities and runs a youth and community theatre group in Shifnal, as well as helping to lead worship at his local church. He enjoys being busy and developing new skills – over the past year he has become a video editor and online production lead after his church purchased a streaming and production set up.

Charlotte Robinson, Student Governor

Charlotte is an A-Level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology student at Telford College and is one of the Corporation’s student governors. Charlotte is an A-Level Psychology, English Literature and History student at Telford College and is one of the Corporation’s student governors. After completing her A-Levels at the college, Charlotte plans to study a degree in policing and then become a police officer and work within the sexual assault unit, which she sees as an extremely important job in society. Charlotte dreams of becoming an author - she loves the fantasy genre and would like to create the worlds she enjoys reading about for others to get ‘lost’ in as well.