Meet the Derby Opportunity Area team

The Derby Opportunity Area team is made up of five individuals from the Department for Education and Derby City Council who support and monitor the progress of all Derby OA programmes.

Department for Education

Paul R Roberts – Head of Delivery

Lead official in the Department with overall responsibility for the OA programme. Paul leads the delivery of the Derby OA Delivery Plan, providing strategic direction and overseeing the programme’s activities and interventions to keep the programme on track to meet the targets set out in the delivery plan.

Sally Gladwin – Delivery Lead

Leads on Monitoring & Evaluation for the Derby OA team, ensuring activities deliver the intended outputs and impacts and are sustainable beyond the lifetime of the programme span. Sally also represents the DfE at the Secondary Strategic Group and Post 16 sub-groups to ensure that these groups deliver against the priorities outlined in the local delivery plan.

Amy Woodall – Communications Lead

Leads on developing and delivering Derby OA’s communication strategy; promoting Derby OA programmes and celebrating the successes. Amy also represents the DfE at the Primary Strategy Group and Broader Horizons subgroups to ensure that these groups deliver against the priorities outlined in the local delivery plan

Derby City Council

[Vacancy] – Local Programme Manager

Responsible for ensuring that the OA programme drives and enables social mobility in Derby through measurable outcomes and advise on operational planning and commissioning, policy matters and service delivery issues. Iain also has local responsibility for closedown and future planning of the Derby OA programme to develop appropriate plans for legacy and sustainability beyond the life of the programme.

Sophie Bevan – Finance and Contracts Officer

Leads and manages procurement, grant and contract management processes, including closedown of grants and contracts at the end of the programme and the collation of case studies.