In January 2016, he joined Worldpay Group plc as their Group Company Secretary. Between April 2008 and February 2015, he was Group Company Secretary of Thomas Cook Group plc.
From September 2001 until April 2008 he was Head of Secretariat at Centrica plc. Between 1998 and 2001, he was Company Secretary of Allied Zurich plc, the UK listed holding company of the Zurich Financial Services Group, and from 1990 until 1998 he was Assistant Secretary of B.A.T Industries plc.
Between 1984 and 1989 he was a Company Secretarial Assistant then Assistant to the Secretary at Eagle Star Insurance Group plc. Derek was appointed Chairman of the ICSA Company Secretaries Forum in November 2011, having previously been a member since 1998.
He is the co-author of a number of ICSA Best Practice Guidance Notes and has spoken at external conferences on a number of subjects including employee and executive share schemes, the implementation of the Companies Act 2006, narrative reporting, electronic shareholder communications, articles of association and directors’ duties and liabilities. In 2008, Derek was awarded the ICSA President’s medal for his services to the ICSA over a number of years.