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Meet the team

Our team here at Derwent Training are focused on helping people thrive and develop. An inclusive and diverse group, we believe in creating a safe space for everyone, with honesty, transparency and ethics at its core.

We believe in investing in our employees, with ongoing support in personal development and up-skilling.

Chief Executive Officer
Claire Gavaghan
Chief Executive Officer
Our Training team

Our training team members combine real-world experience with theoretical know-how to ensure our apprentices benefit from a comprehensive approach to learning. Coming from a variety of backgrounds including; oil rigging, military and engineering all hold teaching qualifications and hold or will be working towards their Assessor and Verifier awards

Taylor Stokes
Fabrication and Welding Trainer
Gary Simm
Quality Manager
Colin Frank
Tina Sandford
Nirmal Rayatt
Costa Pachis
Darrin Stevens
Curriculum Leader (Leadership & Management)
Our Business Support team

Our Business Support team work behind the scenes to make sure that all Apprenticeships are completed smoothly and quickly, as well as ensuring that our learners are supported pastorally, physically and emotionally.

Nichola Zanda
Business Support Manager
Michelle Visser
Business Support Administrator
Karen Taylor
Our Board

Our Board ensures the necessary compliance and transparency required of a successful training environment.  Hailing from range of local industries, they are able to bring a range of viewpoints and varying experiences to the oversight of the centre.


Richard Shaw

Chair at Ellis Patents

Vice Chairman

Danny MacFarlane

Managing Director at Ellis Patents

Finance Director

Sarah Edwards

Financial Director at Autohorn Fleet Services

Board Member

Lucy Thompson

Head of People, OD and Operations at Nova Pangaea Technology

Board Member

Ann Watson

Chief Executive Officer of Enginuity

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please email the Chief Executive Offer, Claire Gavaghan on

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