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)

As the CEO of DCG, Mandie Stravino works in partnership with the Board to shape the direction of the organisation. Mandie is responsible for enactment of the corporate strategy and accountable for the Group’s performance.

In December 2017, Mandie was appointed to the Further Education Principals’ Reference Group. Its purpose is to support, challenge and advise the FE Commissioner in his role and contribute to the department’s policy development work affecting colleges in the FE sector.

Mandie has hosted some high profile visitors including HRH Princess Anne, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills.

Mandie holds a variety of non-executive/representative roles, on the following boards: CBI Regional Council, Opportunity Area Board – Derby City, Derby Renaissance Board, Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Contest Gold (CT) Group, Metro Strategy Board - Derby City and Nottingham City, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP) Governance Board, Midlands Engine Skills Group and the AoC National Quality Policy Group.

Mandie has a diverse leadership portfolio, in both the private and public sectors, has acquired significant experience in Further Education, both within colleges and an IPT and has a proven track record of leading strategic advancement resulting in financial, service and standards turnaround.

Mandie holds an MBA from Nottingham Business School – NTU and is currently studying at Said Business School – Oxford University, on the Further Education Strategic Leadership Programme.

Mandie Stravino

Heather Simcox
Deputy Chief Executive

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

Kate Martin, Vice Principal, leads academic and technical education, which includes designing and developing all areas of curriculum. Kate is a qualified teacher and has experience of teaching in secondary and further education. Prior to becoming Vice Principal, Kate was Head of The Joseph Wright Centre. Kate leads five Heads of Colleges, is accountable for the College’s Higher Education provision and for the continual development of teaching and learning.

Helen Jefferson
Director of Services for Students

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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