Who's Who?

The Derby College Group Structure

Our Vision

Create optimistic futures by nurturing talent that leads to aspirational destinations.

Our Mission

Predict and serve the needs of our business and civic communities.

Our mission Pathways

Preparing individuals for the next phase of their lives: The world of work, entrepreneurship, advanced study, career progression and to contribute as positive citizens.

Mandie Stravino MBA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mandie was appointed, as Chief Executive, in October 2012 and is accountable for the DC Group. Working in partnership with the Board, she shapes the direction of the organisation and is responsible for strategic enactment and performance.


Mandie holds a variety of related non-executive roles including: Member of the Derby Renaissance Board and Derby Economic Partnership, CBI Regional Councillor, Member of the AoC Regional Council and Member of the National AoC Governance Portfolio Group.

Mandie Stravino

Heather Simcox
Deputy CEO (Strategy, Education and Corporate Services)

Heather is responsible for the Group’s transformational change agenda which underpins the delivery of the Corporate Strategic Plan. Her Corporate Services Team oversees project management, change management, performance management and communications.

Heather is also accountable for the Group’s Corporate Services functions including: Business Intelligence, Strategy & Policy, Business Improvement, Human Resources, Marketing, IT, MIS and the College’s Property Portfolio.

Heather also leads the Group’s school/education partnership work.

Heather Simcox

Jonathan Fearon
Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Jonathan joined the Group in September 2016. He has a wealth of experience in both the FE and schools sectors. He is responsible for the financial performance of the group.

Jon Fearon

April Hayhurst
Deputy Principal (Apprenticeships, Quality Assurance, Commercial Activities and Employer Affairs)

April is responsible for the organisation’s business engagement strategy, ensuring that the Group meets the needs of employers by generating the talent required in order for them to flourish.

April is also accountable for the performance of the Group’s subsidiary (MBS Ltd) which includes Roundhouse Events, Roundhouse Thinking and Roundhouse Recruitment.

She also oversees the employer academies, business training, apprenticeships, sub-contracting/partnerships and work placement and employment.

April Hayhurst

Kate Martin
Vice Principal Academic and (College-Based) Technical Education

Helen Jefferson
Head of Ilkeston and Learner Support Services

Helen has responsibility for cross college student support services and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Derby College.

Rose Matthews
Clerk to the Derby College Corporation

Rose was appointed, by the Board, to support and facilitate continuous improvement in College governance.

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