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 in both Derby and Doncaster. Paul provides strategic direction and oversees delivery of the programme locally to ensure we meet the targets set out in the delivery plan.

Sally Gladwin – Delivery Lead

Leads the delivery of the Derby OA Delivery Plan, overseeing and monitoring the programme’s activities and interventions to keep the programme on track to meet our targets and deliver the intended outputs and impacts. Sally also represents the DfE at the Secondary Strategy Group, Twinning and Inclusion sub-groups to ensure that these groups deliver against the priorities and targets outlined in the local delivery plan.

George Reid – Delivery Support

Leads on Derby OA’s twinning work on careers and skills and represents the DfE at the Careers and Skills sub-group, to ensure that this group delivers against the priorities and targets 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 Inclusion subgroups to ensure that these groups deliver against the priorities and targets outlined in the local delivery plan

Derby City Council

Alix Manning-Jones – Local Programme Manager

Works alongside the DfE OA team, the OA Board and DCC officers to ensure that the Derby OA programme drives and enables social mobility through measurable, tangible outcomes, with local responsibility for robust programme management, budget monitoring, financial procedures and procurement arrangements. Leads on youth voice and the development of Derby OA’s legacy and sustainability plans, to ensure that sustainable educational improvement continues across in the city and the intended outputs and impacts and are sustainable beyond the lifetime of the programme span, making appropriate links with the wider landscape.

Shaleene Kausar – Finance and Contracts Officer

Leads and manages procurement, grant and contract management processes and financial reporting, including closedown of grants and contracts at the end of the programme.