Derek has more than 35 years’ listed-company experience in international businesses, including Worldpay, Thomas Cook, Centrica, Zurich, B.A.T Industries and Eagle Star Insurance. He is now a director of his own business, DRW Board-Effectiveness and Governance Services, offering board effectiveness reviews and governance services and drawing upon his 20 years’ experience of the boardroom.
Derek has chaired the Company Secretaries Forum since 2011, and is the co-author of several of the Institute’s guidance notes. He has spoken at external conferences on a variety of topics, among them the role of the company secretary in challenging times, board effectiveness, employee and executive share plans, corporate governance in practice, and directors’ duties and liabilities. He was awarded the Institute’s President’s medal in 2008.