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Board Members

The Telford Business Partnership Board represents a wide range of businesses from the private sector who are committed to the development of Telford and the local business community.

Meet our Board members here:

  • Andrew Mason


    Andrew Mason Consultancy
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  • Brian Seadon
    Relationship Director, Commercial & Private Banking

    National Westminster Bank
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    About
    Brian has spent his entire career in banking, with the past 30 years spent with the RBS Group. He's a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and has previously been President of the local centre.

    Based in Shrewsbury, Brian works with businesses with a turnover typically in the £5 million to £30 million range, and also specialises in working with lawyers and accountants in the professional services sector.

    He has been a Board member of TBP since it was formed in 2004, focusing on finance in particular, and was also involved with the Telford Development Agency Inward Investment Partnership from the mid 1990s.

    Brian's claim to fame is that he played water polo at Midlands Premier Division level and was the first ever captain of his school's water polo team.

  • Chris Pallett
    Managing Director

    Bespoke Computing
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    About
    Chris started his career at the age of just 16 when he worked for world-leading engineering giant ABB, implementing computer installations designed to run large-scale industrial applications including oil rigs in the North Sea and power stations in China. He also worked for Siemens Energy Services working on systems behind the pre-payment gas meter network for the whole of the UK.

    He now works with business leaders to take away the burden and frustration of their technology and communications strategies, helping them to increase their profitability.

    With two decades in the industry, Chris brings his passion and understanding of technology to the TBP Board, and he's keen to develop technology-based ideas that will help the network and its members thrive in the long term.

    It's all a far cry from his ambition when he was younger - he wanted to be a fast jet pilot in the Royal Air Force!

  • David Lowe
    Chartered Surveyor

    Barbers
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  • Graham Davies
    Senior Partner

    Martin Kaye LLP
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  • Helen Thomas


    Dyke Yaxley Ltd
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    About
    Helen joined Dyke Yaxley in 1982, shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant - she then became a Chartered Tax Advisor and also has a Diploma in Charity Accounting. She was previously the firm's Managing Director from 2005 to 2012.

    In her day-to-day role, Helen works with owner-managed businesses and high net-worth clients on tax planning (including trusts and inheritance tax), and leads Dyke Yaxley's Charity and Academy Team working with not-for-profit organisations and local authority schools with Academy Status.

    After 35 years of running a professional practice, Helen brings financial, business and leadership skills to the TBP Board - she also has a common sense, practical approach to problem solving.

    In her spare time (!), Helen has climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro!

  • Jan Minihane


    The Net Advantage
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    About
    Jan started her career in London as a senior corporate tax manager for Andersen & Morgan Stanley before moving to Shropshire to set up her own business consultancy practice. She also started the "Jelly" co-working movement in 2010 bringing together hundreds of small business owners.

    As the owner of The Net Advantage Ltd, Jan is a leading expert in social media helping businesses use it strategically and effectively, while managing reputation risk and consumer expectation. She also works with businesses and organisations across the UK offering training and mentoring support.

    Jan brings great drive, a challenging mind and her experience of leading other networking groups to her role as Chair of the TBP Board. Her aim is to help the Partnership grow so local businesses can meet like-minded people and share partnership working opportunities.

    In her younger days, Jan used to be a dancer and a child model - even appearing on the box of the family board game "Twister"!

  • Paul Brennan
    Director

    Adastra Associates Limited
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    About
    Paul spent 28 years in the RAF - nine years of operational flying, eight years of flying training and 11 years as a specialist training officer. After he retired in 2001, he decided to use his experience of training and his educational qualifications to become a freelance management development trainer.

    As the owner/director of his own company, Paul enjoys dealing with every aspect of the training cycle from analysis through design, delivery and evaluation.

    In his role as a TBP Board member, he brings a fresh perspective on the needs of SME owners on both their personal and corporate development requirements.

    Although he was trained as an Air Electronics Operator in the RAF (specialising in radar, communications and electronic warfare), Paul flew around 1,500 hours as a co-pilot in the Dominie, the military version of an executive jet.

  • Rachel Jones


    Rachel Jones Public Relations
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    About
    Rachel is an award-winning journalist who began her career in regional newspapers before moving into public relations, working in both the local government and private sectors, and she has run her own business for the past 15 years.

    As proprietor of Rachel Jones PR, she manages accounts across a diverse range of sectors from professional services such as accountancy, insurance and the legal profession, to home care, exhibitions, conferences, business support organisations and manufacturers.

    Rachel brings more than 25 years' experience as a working journalist to the Board, helping TBP to see things from the media's perspective, delivering the news in the way reporters need it, and spotting publicity opportunities, all in her usual straight-talking and no-nonsense style.

    She's a woman not to be trifled with either - she once gave former James Bond star Timothy Dalton a stern telling off when he walked into her in London!

  • Robin Melley
    Director

    Matrix Capital Ltd
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    About
    Following a successful career in the voluntary housing sector, Robin changed course in 1991 and found his vocation. He started as a trainee financial adviser, and after many years of study, he became a Chartered Financial Planner and then a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.

    He is currently Managing Director of Matrix Capital Limited, one of only 600 firms in the UK to be awarded Corporate Chartered Financial Planner status, and the company has just been appointed by NS&I to provide professional advice to the £1 million Premium Bond Jackpot Winners.

    Robin brings a unique ability to the TBP Board, creating value and getting results for people by thinking outside the box. He's very good at innovating, never gives up, and has a valuable network of professional connections.

    Oh and he was also the Midland Area Judo Champion in 1976!