People: Derby College Group; Belmayne

Andrew Cochrane

Flint Bishop chairman and senior partner Andrew Cochrane has been appointed Chair of Governors at Derby College Group (DCG).

Cochrane has been a governor at DCG since 2019 and takes over the chair from former headteacher Phil Dover.

Cochrane specialises in licensing law. He was educated in Matlock before attending the University of Aberdeen where he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Politics and International Relations before attending the College of Law in Chester.

He joined Flint Bishop in 1990 and currently acts as Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and Under Sheriff of Derbyshire.

He said: “Derby College Group is a significant community asset and its continued good performance is key to providing young people with the tools they need to find secure, well-paid jobs.

“I am committed to ensuring that DCG continues to meet the skills requirements of the local economy and therefore, by doing so, delivers secure and well-paid employment opportunities for the young people in our area.

“Furthermore, with economic clouds gathering, the potential impact on the jobs market means that colleges such as ours will have an increasingly important role in re-skilling people for new careers.”

Dronfield-based financial planning business Belmayne has appointed a new personal assistant.

Laura Brownlow

Laura Brownlow will provide administrative support to Jon Stevens, a partner in the firm.

She joins the Derbyshire company from an estate agency in Chesterfield, where she worked as a sales advisor.

She said: “After spending 12 years in the property sector, I was looking for an opportunity to broaden my knowledge and take on a new challenge. Jon and the team have made settling into my role really easy and I am looking forward to a long and happy career at Belmayne.”