Derek worked in the energy industry for over 40 years prior to his retirement at the end of 2013. He is Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; an independent director of several companies in North and South America and the UK; the Chairman of the Saltire Foundation and a director of Entrepreneurial Scotland. He is a founder member of the Globalscot network and was inducted into the Globalscot Hall of fame in May 2012. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honour’s List. Derek has been married to his wife Jean for over 39 years. They have a son Stuart, a daughter Heather and two grandsons with another due later in 2015. His interests are watching most sports, particularly football and playing golf.