Derek is an experienced Chairman and entrepreneur who brings a wealth of commercial and governance experience within various sectors to the Group. He promotes robust debate and has fostered an open and engaged culture in the boardroom. He founded and was Managing Director of Tom Cobleigh PLC, Leapfrog Day Nurseries and Imagesound Plc.
He joined Taylor & Francis Group in 1998 as a Non-Executive Director before becoming Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director at Informa PLC in 2005.
He has a keen interest in sports and supporting the local community and served as Chairman of the British Amateur Boxing Association for five years.