Derek has a wealth of Neighbourhood Watch experience, having been involved at local, Force level, regional and national level as both a member, Trustee and Secretary. His internationally recognised professional qualifications are Chartered Secretary - Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS); Chartered Insurance Practitioner - Fellow of The Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII); and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance - ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP.
He has worked closely with the staff and Board over the years to help modernise the national body, ensuring that the voice of the membership is always heard, and he remains a pivotal advisory member for specialist areas such a Junior Neighbourhood Watch, digital engagement, governance and insurance. He is also the Chair of the Sussex Community Search Team.
Derek remains passionate about Neighbourhood Watch, and is keen for Neighbourhood Watch Network to adopt a solution-based approach that facilitates the development and growth of a modern, fit for purpose crime prevention organisation, embracing safety and resilience, accessible to all, advocating on behalf of local communities.”