Born and raised in Edinburgh, Derek completed his education in London and commenced his first career in IT for the French informatics group CISI/SIA. After 10 years and heading up their Management Sciences and Public Sector Group he left to found Martek Contracts, a Croydon based manufacturing and contracting company specialising in the production of high end joinery/furnishing products and their incorporation into commercial interiors.
As Managing Director, Derek has 35 years of corporate and industry experience and has built Martek to be a sector specialist and winner of many industry awards. He combines a demanding business and travel schedule with an equally busy family life. A resident of Kingswood for the past 35 years, he is happily married with two adult children and a golden retriever. A keep fit enthusiast, he is a regular skier and would like to spend more time sailing than is currently possible. An early achiever of IIP accreditation, Martek have an established reputation for training, development and promotion of equality and diversity.
Invited to join the Board of John Ruskin College in 2014 and involved in the merger with East Surrey College, Derek joined the merged board from 1 February 2019 and looks forward to assisting the merged Colleges to build upon their individual strengths,creating a high-quality and sustainable learning community with an emphasis on curriculum development and employability.
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