D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network

What is the D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network?

A key initiative in efforts to address the skills gap, D2N2 operates The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  The scheme is designed to build stronger links between schools and employers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in order to help young people better realise their career potential.

It does this by introducing and Supporting Enterprise Advisers (EAs) from the local business community as they help shape a local school’s careers advice strategy, better-preparing students for the changing workplace.

Each EA is supported by one of ten Enterprise Coordinators in our region, who engage with over 130 schools currently part of the EAN.

The work of Enterprise Coordinators, the Enterprise Adviser Network, and projects undertaken to support schools and employers are overseen by the D2N2 People & Skills Advisory Board; which ensures these activities have a positive impact on helping young people with career ambitions.

Our ambition is for every secondary school and college in the D2N2 area, and at least 20% of specialist schools, to have:

  • a designated employer linked to their organisation
  • an Enterprise, Careers and Employability Strategy
  • undertaken a self-assessment, to produce an action plan in response to the Enterprise, Careers and Employability Strategy;
  • access to providers delivering enterprise, careers and employability activities who've been quality assured against the D2N2 Employability Framework
  • access to a range of funding to support their school strategies

To see what the Enterprise Adviser Network can offer you, please view our offer to business leaders and our offer to schools and colleges.

If you are a school, college or employer and want to be involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network, please contact the Enterprise Coordinator for your area listed below:

Enterprise Coordinators   

Enterprise Coordinator Contact Phone Number Locations Covered
Jacqui Kinch 07812 301004 City of Derby
Berni Dickinson 07956 426045 City of Derby (Employee Engagement)
Emily Carter 07387 141584 Derbyshire Dales & High Peak, Amber Valley & Erewash
Gail Wilderman 07792 268781 North East Derbyshire & Bolsover, Careers Hub
Madeleine Casey 01283 229709 Derbyshire (South Derbyshire, Erewash & Amber Valley)
Claire Knee 07918 905912 City of Nottingham
Dan Heffernan 07388 990837 Careers Hub Lead
Caroline Tomlinson 07918 906150 South Nottinghamshire
Gary Wallis 07484 279951 Careers Hub

*CAREERS Local funding is available to D2N2 Schools, Specialist Schools, Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Virtual Schools, Elected Home Education (through registration with the local authorities) and Colleges to support young people aged 15-19 who are at risk of becoming NEET.

If you want to discuss the Enterprise Adviser Network please contact D2N2 Head of People & Skills Rachel Quinn on 0115 957 8740.