Spokesperson Info

About The Co-operative College

The Co-operative College is an education charity that works across the world, empowering individuals and communities to transform their lives for the better.

About Neil Calvert

Neil has been the Vice Chair of Governing Council and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at the University of Derby since 2015, and a governor since 2010.

He was the inaugural Chair of the Student Affairs Committee leading the board's work to develop student voice and representation. During his tenure the University has broken into the top 30 in national league tables and gained the Gold award in the first Teaching Excellence Framework. In 2019, he was appointed as a Trustee of the DHL UK Foundation, a charity which operates and funds programmes to support the education and employability of disadvantaged young people and also chairs its Remuneration Committee.

Over a 26-year career, he has served as expert advisor to headteacher appointment panels in secondary schools, lectured at Western Kentucky University, USA and given evidence in Parliament to an Education Select Committee inquiry into school governance.

Neil can comment in detail on both education and charitable topics.

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Nina Valvi
Head of Business Development

Nina Valvi is Head of Business Development at the Co-operative College.

With over 10 years experience at key cultural organisations and educational charities, including Royal Northern College of Music, Mencap Liverpool & Sefton and The Girl's Network, Nina joined the Co-operative College in 2021 from National Museums Liverpool.

At the Co-operative College, Nina is responsible for the organisation's business development, finance, business support services, as well as marketing and communications. She is currently working with the team to develop the College's bright future, building on the organisation's 102 years of history.

Nina is available to comment on the charity sector, business development, income generation, sustainability, co-operative education and its need and role within the post-Covid world.