Meet the Team

Working in Partnership with you

Our dedicated team is here to help and advise employers about the wealth of training and development options that the College offers. We’ll come out to visit you wherever you are in the North and guide you through the options. From Apprenticeships and Traineeships, through to bespoke and specialist courses and qualifications. From student placements, to advising on the availability of our meeting rooms and other College facilities, we’re here to help.

Please call the Business Development Team on 01207 585914.

Our Business Development Team includes:

Lisa Waller, Business Development Manager

Lisa joined Derwentside College in May 2016 as Business Development Manager. With over 25 years’ experience working in Business Development including training, recruitment, welfare to work and travel and tourism. 

Lisa has a wealth of experience in Project and Contract Management and managing government funded projects. Over the years, Lisa has built up excellent links with employers, partners and schools.

Stephanie Nicholson, Business Development Co-ordinator

Stephanie has extensive knowledge of the Education and Training sector, and has worked at Derwentside College since 1997.  Stephanie has had experience of a number of vocational areas and can advise on all of the options available to employers. 

Stephanie works primarily with a number of large employers assisting them to recruit new apprentices and identifying training opportunities for existing staff.  Stephanie also works closely with local schools to advise students about the opportunities that are available to them at Derwentside College through presentations and attending Careers Fairs.

 

Paula Bruntlett, Business Development Co-ordinator

Paula has developed a wide knowledge of the Education and Training sector since joining Derwentside College in 2008.  Paula has knowledge of all aspects of training delivered by the College.  Paula has particular expertise within the Care, Catering and Hospitality and Property Services sectors where she has built up excellent relationships with employers both in the recruitment of new apprentices and upskilling existing staff. 

Paula also works closely with local schools to advise students about the opportunities that are available to them at Derwentside College through presentations and attending Careers Fairs.

Angela Fleming, Business Development Officer

Angela has extensive experience of the Education and Training sector and joined Derwentside College in 2003.  Angela has a wide knowledge of all aspects of training delivered by the College and works primarily in the Engineering and Construction Sectors.  

Angela has developed excellent relationships with employers in these areas, particularly in the recruitment of new apprentices.  Her depth of knowledge in these areas makes her the perfect person to ‘advise’ on all of the options available to employers including the Apprenticeship programmes and courses tailored to organisations.

Julia Atkinson, Business Development Officer

Julia joined the college in September 2016 with over 12 years’ experience in Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE).  She has a background in Early Years Education she has taught and assessed in the FE sector. 

Here at the college, Julia is responsible for recruiting to Apprentice Programmes and engaging with employers across a number of occupational sectors and subject from Business, Childcare & Education, Hair and Beauty to Catering.  Julia also supports the Sector Based Work Academies (SBWA) and Employability Programmes linking with Employers to offer a range of Real Work Environment experiences to students. 

Lee Stanford, Business Development Officer

Lee joined the college in November 2016 bringing with him over 10 years of experience in business development/account management. Having worked in various industries, Lee brings a wide scope of knowledge to the team around what is required for businesses to grow and the unique challenges different businesses face.

Lee has excellent experience in the IT & telecom, software, contact centre, housing and construction industries. In his role at Derwentside College, Lee is working with businesses in these sectors among others helping them to up-skill existing staff where there are skills gaps & recruit new apprentices in areas where they would benefit the business.

Erin Wakefield, Business Development Administrator

Erin began her career at Derwentside College in 2013 as a Business Administration Apprentice.  Following the completion of her studies, Erin progressed into a full-time role and is now working as Business Development Administrator.  Erin deals directly in recruitment through the coordination of the college’s apprenticeship vacancies and liaising with employers and potential apprentices.