Derek was born 1964 and educated at Eaton House School and Westcliff High school. He then completed an HND and Advanced Diploma in Building Management at Chelmer Institute before attending Nottingham Trent University, where he was awarded a BSc in Cost Management of Engineering Services.
Having started his career with Bovis Construction in the City and West End, Derek ventured to Australia, spending some time working in the controls industry before moving into the Consultant side of the industry. Work at Heathrow then followed, with spells working on assignments in, UAE, France, KSA, Iceland, Israel and Denmark.
As a Partner with Bidwells, Derek has worked extensively for Oxford Colleges for the last 10 years.
Derek is a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and became a Freeman of Worshipful company of Constructors in 2006, gaining the Freedom of the City of London in 2007 and was clothed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors in 2008. He was elected as a Court Assistant in 2015 and became Junior Warden in October 2019.
Outside of his professional life and the Livery Derek is a keen sailor (although without a boat at the moment) and has an interest in ” unexceptional” cars, being the proud owner of a 1972 Daf 55. He recently completed a charity fundraising car rally for Maggie’s which raised a significant sum and is now planning the 2020 event.