Shropshire businessman honoured
A Shropshire businessman has been recognised for his support for local businesses and contribution to economic regeneration by the University of Wolverhampton.
Graham Wynn OBE, Chair of the Marches LEP Board, received his award from the Faculty of Social Sciences at a ceremony held at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The Honorary Doctor of Business Administration was presented on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 in recognition of Graham’s contribution to the economic regeneration of Shropshire and the surrounding areas by supporting local businesses.
Mr Wynn, co-founder of Telford-based TTC, the UK’s largest national driver retraining company, said: “It is both a huge surprise and a great honour to receive this recognition from the University of Wolverhampton. The University is investing in the regeneration of our region and helping to upskill our workforce, whilst providing higher education opportunities for local students. I would like to thank the Governors and the Academic Board for this great honour.”
Born into a Shropshire farming family and educated locally, at age 15 Graham started an engineering apprenticeship at one of the country’s largest agricultural and automotive dealerships; his career progressed from engineering into sales and then management, and he ultimately became a main board director.
In 1993, Graham and wife Jenny started re-training motoring offenders, later forming TTC, which has grown to be the UK’s largest national driver retraining company.
Based in Telford, TTC trains over 330,000 drivers annually, and 25,000 children receive Bikeability training through their cycling division.
TTC is listed in the London Stock Exchange’s top 1,000 of the UK’s most inspirational companies, and was also recently voted Company of the Year at the Shropshire Star Business Awards.
Graham attributes the success of TTC to his partnership with Jenny and the team they have built, focused on excellence in customer service delivery.
Graham was appointed as a magistrate in 1986 and awarded the OBE in 2006 New Year’s Honours for his contribution to road safety.
His community work has included being a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, founding member of Telford Business Partnership, chair of Telford Business Board, chair of the Marches LEP and board member of the National LEP Network, representing the six West Midlands LEPs, Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine.
Honorary degrees are awarded by the Universityto high-profile figures that make a significant contribution to their field of expertise.
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