Sub-groups

The Derby OA Partnership Board is supported by four sub-groups made up of local practitioners and stakeholders who submit recommendations to the Board for consideration and review the progress of OA funded programmes.

These four sub-groups are:

Primary Strategy Group (PSG)

A city wide primary and early years strategy group which commissions strategies and support for PVI settings, maintained nurseries and primary schools.

Chaired by David Blackwell.

  • David Blackwell – Springfield Primary School
  • Pauline Melvin – Derby City Council
  • Fiona Colton – Derby City Council    
  • Jo Ward – Derby City Council     
  • Peter Chilvers – School Development Support Agency (SDSA)
  • Tammy Elwood – Derby Research School, Wyndham Primary Academy
  • Rob Sherwood – St Giles School
  • Jonathan Gallimore – Hardwick and St James’ Primary School         
  • Laura Besenzi – Carlyle Infants and Nursery
  • Laura Rowe – Landau Forte School
  • Lisa McSherry – Portway Infant School
  • Lia Copestake – Newtons Walk
  • Zoe Cannon – Ravensdale Junior School
  • Debra Ward – Oakwood Infant and Nursery
  • Bindy Suddhi – Pear Tree Infant School and Walbrook Nursery
  • Claire Fitzpatrick – Whitecross Nursery
  • Lorna Blanchenot – Ravensdale Infant and Nursery
  • Sarah Charles – University of Derby      
  • Kerry Hodges – Public Health

Secondary Strategy Group (SSG)

A city wide secondary group which commissions strategies and support for education providers and with a clear focus on improving outcomes in English / mathematics, securing positive destinations at age 16.

Jointly chaired by Neil Wilkinson and Alison Brannick.

  • Neil Wilkinson – The Bemrose School
  • Alison Brannick – Landau Forte College
  • Pauline Melvin – Derby City Council
  • Jo Ward – Derby City Council
  • Peter Chilvers – School Development Support Agency (SDSA)
  • Jon Wilding – Littleover Community School
  • Phil Smith – City of Derby Academy
  • Katie Roberts – Da Vinci Academy
  • Mike Pride – The Kingsmead School
  • Kate Martin – Derby College
  • Sarah Charles – University of Derby
  • Krisha Bainham – Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP)
  • John Wilding – Littleover Community School
  • Laura Russell – St Clares School
  • Jonathan Howie – Derby City Council
  • Gemma Penny – Allestree Woodlands School
  • Victoria Spink – DANCOP

Careers and Skills Sub-Group

A city-wide group overseeing and commissioning work to support Derby Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) and working with neighbouring local authorities to support a joined up approach to CIAG

Chaired by Pauline Melvin

  • Pauline Melvin – Derby City Council
  • Anna Mimms – Derby City Council
  • Kate Martin – Derby College
  • Krisha Bainham – University of Derby
  • Fiona Baker – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Emily Carter – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Lana Jay – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Berni Dickinson – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Tim Gladman – Bassettlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire North Careers Hub
  • Matthew Alvey – Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire South Careers Hub
  • Jo Ward – Derby City Council and Derbyshire South Careers Hub
  • Andrew Williams – Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire North Careers Hub
  • Pieter Eksteen – East Midlands Chamber
  • Jo Mallows – DANCOP
  • Sabrina Hobbs – St Martins School
  • Lauren Croll – Learn By Design

Inclusion Sub-Group

A city-wide group focusing on support to improve inclusive practice across Derby, including oversight of the Year Four Inclusion project.

Chaired by Phil Smith

  • Phil Smith – City of Derby Academy
  • Jo Wilkinson – Derby County Community Trust
  • Jo Ward – Derby City Council
  • Pauline Melvin – Derby City Council
  • Mike Pride – Kingsmead
  • Alison Brannick – Landau Forte
  • Neil Wilkinson – The Bemrose School
  • Andrew Ling – Derby City Council
  • Emily Carter – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Clare Talati – Direct Education Business Partnership (DEBP)
  • Fiona Colton – Derby City Council
  • Kerry Hodges – Derby City Council
  • Ellen Wilkinson – Derby City Council
  • Geri Cordina – University of Derby
  • Sian Hampton – Archway Trust
  • Jonathan Gallimore – Hardwick and St James’ Primary School
  • Debra Ward – Oakfield Infant School
  • Sabrina Hobbs – St Martins School
  • Baby J – Baby People
  • Rachel Rule – Parent Carers Together C.I.C
  • Becky Barker – Parent Carers Together C.I.C

Legacy and Sustainability Group

A sub-set of the Derby Opportunity Area Board focusing on ensuring the legacy and sustainability of Derby OA programmes.

Chaired by Simon Carnall

  • Simon Carnall – Derby County Community Trust
  • Pauline Melvin – Derby City Council
  • Angela O’Brien – Wyndham Primary Academy
  • Nicola Swaney – Rolls Royce
  • Peter Dewhurst – Derby City Council
  • Adam Buss – Derby City Council
  • Andrew Ling – Derby City Counil
  • Jane Calladine – Parkview Primary School
  • Gemma Penny – Allestree Woodlands
  • Kate Martin – Derby College
  • Louise Curd – YMCA
  • Kim Harper – Community Action
  • Fiona Baker – D2N2 Local Enterprise Company
  • Richard Gerver – Public Speaker
  • Cecile Wright – University of Nottingham and Black Lives Matter Derby
  • Scott McGregor – West Park School
  • Dewi Hughes- Silverlock

All meetings are attended by a Department for Education official (from the Derby Opportunity Area team), and Derby OA’s Local Programme Manager.

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