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Who Are Derby's Finest?

Derby's Finest is a group which aims to celebrate and support women who make an impact and who make a positive contribution to the community.


The group was formed in March 2017 by Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hayhurst from Derby College, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image Print in Little Eaton.


Derby's Finest was originally inspired by a feature in the Derby Telegraph "Inspirational 250", which included some of the top female business leaders in the city. Claire, April, Bev and Amanda felt that there were more women in Derby who should have been recognised to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold, plus the positive impact they make in the City.


Our aim is to make Derby's Finest a group that celebrates, inspires, encourages and supports women from across our local community. The diversity reflects the women's lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways.


There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have made an impact on people's lives - whether that it is an individual, a business, an organisation or a community.


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April Hayhurst - Derby College                         Bev Crighton - University of Derby                          Amanda Strong - Mercia Image Print                          Claire Twells - Smith Partnership