The DTSA Central Team

Derby Teaching Schools Alliance


DTSA is established as a not for profit Charitable Incorporated Company and employs its own central team.

Please see brief biographies of the employed staff below. We are also supported by Sharon Siddons (Governor Training Administration).

Dr Deborah Outhwaite, DTSA

Dr Deborah Outhwaite


Having run an Education MA at the Centre for Teacher Education, University of Warwick for the last three years, and having taught on a range of programmes at the University of Derby Deb has spent the last decade educating teachers to Masters level whilst researching the self-improving school system (SISS).


A qualified 11-18 teacher, Deb taught Social Sciences in secondary education for 12 years prior to her university teaching and was an A-Level Government & Politics examiner for European Politics. Her Education Doctorate was on Educational Leadership in the IB, and was awarded in 2017.


Deb co-convenes the Leadership Preparation and Development Research Interest Group (RIG) for BELMAS, and she is an elected member of BELMAS Council. Deb is a former elected member of IPDA’s International Committee, and is a Parent Governor and Trustee in an 11-18 Derbyshire comprehensive school.


Deb is passionate about the opportunities afforded by the SISS and the OA, and having lived in Derbyshire for a decade, she is delighted to be back facilitating the support that schools need.

Strategic Queries –

Anna Cummings, DTSA

Anna Cummings

DTSA Finance and HR Manager

Anna has over twenty years experience in the education and financial sector. With a background in teaching both Finance and Mathematics in Secondary and Further Education including winning awards from IPPM, World Skills and IAB for her personal financial accolades as well as her teaching.


Anna also works as an examiner for AQA at Secondary level on GCSE Mathematics and brings her expertise to DTSA.


Anna works full-time and manages all DTSA Finance and HR matters while also administering our STEM Science Learning Partnership programmes and courses.

Finance Queries –

Lauren Derbyshire, DTSA

Lauren Derbyshire

DTSA Project Manager

Lauren qualified from Derby University in 2002 with a combined honours degree in HR, Business Management and Career Management. She has over 15 years experience in the education sector organising major events and conferences having started her career working in the Education CPD team in the Local Authority and progressed to being Programme Officer.


Lauren went on to help form Derby Schools Learning Partnership and develop all the back office systems that saw the partnership flourish before it developed to become DTSA.

Hannah Barker, DTSA

Hannah Barker

DTSA Programme Officer

Hannah has worked in marketing and publishing for over 15 years and manages the administration for the family business. She has been a Parent Governor for a primary school, Parent Member of the Babington Children’s Centre Advisory Board and is also a bookbinding tutor in her spare time.


Hannah has worked with us since August 2017 as Events Administrator and combines her business, events, marketing and production experience in her part-time role as recently appointed DTSA Programme Officer.

Booking and Programme Queries –

Frances Vinall, DTSA

Frances Vinall

DTSA Primary School Direct Programme Officer

Frances has an honours degree in criminology and has lived and studied in West Africa and comes from a Psychiatric Liaison background in the NHS, and Education (training and apprenticeships).


She has worked for DTSA since 2016 on a part-time basis administering all aspects of the Primary School Direct programme from applications and interviewing to programme training support for trainers, trainees and mentors.


Frances maintains a supportive link between The University of Derby and DTSA.


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