D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network

Stronger links are being built between schools and employers in the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area, to help young people better realise their career potential.

D2N2 believes a successful economy needs businesses, and schools and colleges, to work closer together on this issue.

The Employability Framework, launched earlier this year, seeks to match between the employability skills being taught to young people leaving schools and post-16 training programmes in the area with those needed by employers in their workforces. The Framework is being delivered through the Careers and Enterprise Company – Enterprise Advisor Network. 

We have seven Enterprise Co-ordinators employed across the D2N2 area, who are engaging with 80 schools and linking them with 80 business leaders. Business people will act as volunteer Enterprise advisors; forming an Enterprise advisor Network of employers, large and small, to work with school leaders, to develop a plan to engage with employers.  The work of the Enterprise Co-ordinator and the Enterprise advisor Network, and the projects undertaken to support schools and employers, will be overseen by the D2N2 Skills and Employment Commission, to ensure they are having an impact on helping young people with their career ambitions. The ambition over the next two years 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 have been quality assured against the D2N2 Employability Framework;
  • access to a range of funding to support their school strategies.

Enterprise Co-Ordinator Working with D2N2, Employers and Enterprise Advisors [Diagram]

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

We are looking for volunteers of exceptional calibre from the world of work (from employers to the self-employed). To view the characteristics of a D2N2 Enterprise Advisor, click hereAs a D2N2 Enterprise Advisor, you will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team in local schools and colleges to support them in developing their careers and enterprise strategies and employer engagement plans, drawing on your own local business networks. Becoming an Enterprise advisor is a unique opportunity to support a school or college in improving opportunities for young people, and it is also a chance to join a network of like-minded peers.

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



Contact Details

Derby City

Jacqui Kinch


 07812 301004

Derbyshire County
(Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire)

Gail Widerman


0779 2268781

Derbyshire County 
(Amber Valley, North Dales and High Peak)

Dayna Stubbs


07815 134932 

Derbyshire County 
(Erewash, South Derbyshire and Amber Valley)

Madeleine Casey


01283 229709

Nottingham City

Sean Panting


07918 943021 

Nottinghamshire County Council (Mansfield and Ashfield)

Berni Dickinson


07956 426045

Nottinghamshire County Council (Broxtowe, Gedling, Newark & Sherwood, Rushcliffe)

Graham Wood


07961 399634

Alternatively, register your interest with the D2N2 LEP and we will organise for you to be contacted by an Enterprise Coordinator:

If you want to discuss the Enterprise advisor Network please contact Katrina Woodward on 0115 957 8753 (landline) or 07990 002757 (mobile), or alternatively, email Katrina.Woodward@d2n2lep.org.