Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Date of appointment to the Board
9 May 2017
Other current appointments
Derek is non- executive chair of the Board of Eurocell plc (Eurocell) and chair of Eurocell’s Nomination Committee. Derek is also a director of Woodall Group Limited, a private company and has several other private business interests.
Derek was Chair of Informa plc from March 2008 until his retirement on 3 June 2021. He was also Chair of Huntsworth plc from December 2014 to March 2019. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of Tom Cobleigh plc and Executive Chair of Leapfrog Day Nurseries Limited. Historically he was Chair of East Midlands Development Agency, Sport England and British Amateur Boxing Association Limited. He continues to have business interests in hospitality in Cornwall and Derbyshire.
Skills and experience
• Experienced chairman and entrepreneur with exceptional leadership skills
• Extensive career in ownership, managerial, operational and commercial roles in service industries
• Wealth of commercial experience and exceptional governance experience within various sectors
• Promotes robust debate and an open and engaged culture