Mandie is the CEO of Derby College Group and responsible for DCG's performance. She also serves on many boards including the Opportunity Area Board for Derby City, the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, the Metro Strategy Board - Derby City/Nottingham City and the Midlands Engine Skills Group.
In December 2017, Mandie was appointed to the Further Education Principals' Reference Group to support, challenge and advise the FE Commissioner and contribute to the Government's policy development work affecting the FE sector.
Darren is Vice President Industrial Minerals, CEO Europe, of the Swedish state-owned mining and minerals company LKAB Minerals. He holds global responsibility for the company's Industrial Minerals Business, leading its M&A activity, and has regional responsibility for all its European activity. Darren started his career in engineering and worked in various functions and companies within Saint-Gobain before joining LKAB.
Both Mandie and Darren are members of the CBI's East Midlands regional council.
Commenting on her appointment, Mandie Stravino, Chair of CBI East Midlands, said: "I am honoured to be appointed to this role - recognising that the skills agenda is a crucial factor in the strength and sustainability of individual businesses and the wider economy. I look forward to representing the high calibre of East Midlands' businesses and organisations who are members of the CBI in this region."
Commenting on his appointment, Darren Wilson, Vice-Chair of CBI East Midlands, said: "This is a great time to be involved in the engagement between the CBI, business and wider stakeholders through the many challenges facing the UK. As well as Brexit, there is much work to do on infrastructure, skills, innovation and the general reputation of business itself"
Richard Blackmore, CBI East Midlands Director, said: "I'm delighted that Mandie and Darren have agreed to become Chair and Vice-chair respectively for the CBI East Midlands region. Their wealth of experience, will help the CBI create the best possible conditions for its members in East Midlands.
"As a new, post-Brexit landscape takes shape for the UK and the East Midlands, Mandie and Darren join us at a pivotal time for the region's economy and future, when firms will be looking for political stability and certainty from the Government. I look forward to working closely with Mandie and Darren to achieve this."