He joins a newly-launched ambassador network, which consists of high-profile business leaders who aim to represent and promote the IoD in their area and grow the region’s voice on national policy matters.
Derek, who is based in Barnsley, has developed component cleaning brands within the UK and European markets, including Enviro-Tech Europe and Baron Blakeslee.
He served as a governor at Barnsley College and Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was a director of Barnsley Development Agency.
He said: “South Yorkshire is at its best when everyone works together. My role is to ensure that we maximise our shared talents to benefit all parts of our county. Our business and educational institutions are working hard to produce a successful economy and the IoD in Yorkshire will give every support to these shared goals.”
The IoD will stage its first ever South Yorkshire Annual Dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on May 25. To book a place, email [email protected]