After living in Lancashire for over 20 years, Derek now lives in North Yorkshire with his partner of many years and two beautiful Tonkinese cats called Bobble and Pickle. He enjoys driving (good job really) around the UK and spending time either in the garden, or with a combination of water and as much sunshine as possible.
He is now toying with the idea of bringing the many other elements of his story together one day. Whenever he can't tell you something on-screen he says 'It'll be in the book'. One day that book will come!! WHO KNOWS WHAT COMES NEXT ON THE JOURNEY?
Welcome - and thanks for coming in for a little read. Now, sit back - and get ready to hear the story of a boy that never could make up his mind what he wanted to do!
1973 ARRIVAL: Well, the journey begins - and Derek never did train to be a TV presenter formally - and here you find him on the nation's screens just about every day one way or the other. How did that all happen then? He would tell you luck and good fortune. Others might say that the cheeky young chappy from Kent was always going to be some kind of entertainer.
1980 Let's start at the beginning then. There is a dreaming teenager in 1980 something watching the local ITV channel - TVS in Kent. He records the local news programme, 'Coast to Coast' - re-types the news script into one of the first home computers (think it had rubber keys - zx something or other) and delivers the news back to an empty bedroom. It kind of did start like that in terms of TV interest - but it was radio that Derek always wanted. He used to listen (and still very much does) to speech radio. Back then, it was Chris Ryder (aka Caesar the Boogieman) on Kent station Invicta FM and LBC legends such as Mike Allen, Mike Dickin and Robbie Vincent. Being an only child, Derek befriended the radio and had ambitions from there to head to the airwaves one day to be that friend for just one other. It took a while.
1989 Leaving school with not many letters before or after his name, his trip to the careers office took him one of two ways. To train to be a live-in silver service waiter in somewhere called Hook or to stay in his home town, Westerham in Kent. He chose home and went to the customer service department of shower company called Aqualisa (short-lived but fun) and trotting through a variety of different jobs - from home help, kitchen porter, carpet salesman to fork lift driver before heading off to work for BT on an internal supply helpdesk first in Surrey.
1994 - Let's halt the story there - BT was the start of what you might call a career which saw Derek move into management. He was working then in a high security secret location in leafy Reigate (Surrey) when it was announced that the function he managed was transferring to Preston in Lancashire. He lived between the two for a while for the handover and fell in love with 'up north' - so much so he asked to be transferred to Lancashire to start a new life.
Thinking that his dream of working in radio would be over there and then, he made moves from BT after training in IT support. This led to other positions for United Utilities in Warringon and Manchester and then on to Shell in Manchester. This job was great, and involved spending a year in Holland near The Hague working on an IT transition project. After Shell, Derek took on a contract to create a prospective call centre connected with a public transport initiative (that he knew would never happen) and decided enough was enough and quit.
He resigned the same day and decided to go and see if he could make a move to radio. He literally went for broke - and was!!
1997 - Derek started by reading travel news for AA Roadwatch, as well as presenting radio live at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on a station really called 'KIT KAT RADIO' (wondered who the sponsor was?) for two eventful seasons where station manager Robin Ross decided that Derek was destined to be a host and entertainer with a wider remit. From hosting trade shows, quiz nights, wedding events and much more. All amazing experience for what was to come.
In the same year - and on initiative alone - Derek started an unofficial 'fan' website for a new radio station in the North West, Wish FM in Wigan which he started by sending a fun camera to the station programme controller (and that's how still today it is one of the few radio stations have a .net web domain - all because of Derek choosing the least popular domain tag for radio stations ha ha)
Here's where good luck and fortune started to play its part. One of the stations he was reading the travel for first offered him some shows (the now formerDune FM in Southport) - and Wish FM allowed him studio time to 'play' in their studios in exchange for doing their website.
longside all of that, wonderful and legendary mentor Robin Ross in Blackpool decided to turn Derek into a DJ (he wasn't sure, but went with it!)
He found himself with a busy diary and plenty of work around the North West. After many trial and internet radio station bit parts - Derek ended up presenting full-time for Dune FM, soon moving from Weekend Breakfast to the station's flagship breakfast show (very much not his time of day!!).
2004 - The TV came along purely by chance - the right time, the right place etc etc along with a bit of cheek. Derek jumped sideways from radio to join the launch team for shopping channel YES - Your Easy Shop (later Price Crash TV) in Manchester after a chance connection and a bit of coincidence (oh, and a halogen heater) Working among the shopping telly greats of the time (Debi Jones, Glen Thomsett, Clive Holland, Tony Clark) Derek found his own way of making shopping fun, factual and entertaining all in one whilst working live and in pre-recorded shows. He was used by the channel regularly for repeat show infomercials including the famous flaming bonnet demo for the channel's car polish. He went on to launch and develop the channel's jewellery strand, Gemtique before they disappeared in 2007.
2007 From Price Crash TV, Derek appeared for JML Direct on a TV launch campaign for the Doktor Power product, recording an ad in the Metro Centre in Gateshead. He also popped briefly into Ideal World - the UK's second shopping channel to launch some new products (happened by chance, but wasn't the right time)
He was part of the Gems TV team for two years to cover maternity leave for Angeline Davies, soon becoming one of the highest-grossing peak time presenters for the channel (and went back in 2019). He was one of the first shopping presenters to appear what was the brand new Freeview service.
He moved into lifestyle and news reading for a wee while too in Manchester - fronting 'Shine!' for DM Digital - this was a "This Morning" style format for two years as well as trying his hand as a newsreader.
2009 Derek joined London based The Jewellery Channel (later TJC) which saw the start of a 7 year journey. With a wealth of gemstone experience at other channels, he not only presented live shows for the channel but even designed pieces of jewellery. Travel was part of this role too - reporting from the company's HQ in India, trade events and even assisted the buying team in product selection. He also played a key role in a number of hosted customer events.
2010 A chance conversation with The Liverpool Cruise Club (later to become Vision Cruise) led to Derek helping to facilitate the company in presenting their cruise offering to television as a presenter, consultant and producer.
He fronted popular shows in studio and on location for almost five years, as well as an entertainment series "The Showcase". This was also the year Derek joined The Bay - a radio station in Lancashire and Cumbria, where his Saturday show audience almost trebled. His show often came from shows, events and client locations - earning him the station's 'On Air Achievement' award in 2011.
2011 Derek joins multi-channel retailer Findel, recording items for the websites of Express Gifts, studio and Kleeneze brands. He also took his first cruise with Fred Olsen heading up to the Norwegian fjords.
2012 In September, Derek went on board the Carnival Breeze for 6 nights for a fun-filled cruise from Dubrovnik. What an amazing ship - great to enjoy the 4D cinema, great restaurants - Guy's Burgers. The pools were incredible and lots of spontaneous fun on board. What an adventure!!
2013 Derek goes on board Brilliance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean for a filming trip. What an incredible ship, with lots of artwork on board. The food on board was absolutely a highlight.
2014 Derek changes TV course and sets sail for a new exciting adventure for Cruise 1st TV to bring a fresh outlook on cruise holiday packages. The company has already seen major success from the TV shows and established two sky channels, Cruise 1st TV and TV Cruise Channel
Derek and TV wife Emma Redman front the tempting holiday shows.
He also joined the UK family footwear business Pavers Shoes TV, presenting footwear, fashion on the world's only 24 hour shoe channel. The channel relaunched with a number of presenters from their own purpose built studio centre at their Headquarters in York.
2015 Derek heads onboard Anthem of the Seas with Royal Caribbean - the second of their Quantum Class Ships. Derek had an amazing time on this tech-rich ship - taking advantage of the Bionic Bar, the SeaPlex, North Star and much more on an exciting filming trip.
2016 popped into Hochanda briefly in 2016 to record some Cruise 1st TV shows - and then saw another change in direction. Derek decided to move on from tjc after seven years and was engaged by UK publisher Immediate Media who were at the time launching their TV shopping portfolio. The company had recently acquired JewelleryMaker TV channel in late 2015 and decided to launch a new channel dedicated to sewing and quilting. Sewing Quarter launched in early 2017. Derek was proudly part of the launch team on style, look and feel, presentation and customer journey. He presented test formats for the channel, and provides presentation cover for the channel - at the same time as falling in love with JewelleryMaker.
2017 saw Derek join JewelleryMaker as a freelance presenter, working on-screen with a team of talented guest designers and once again revisiting his love of gemstones. A surprise call also came when Derek was asked to present again a revival of the Price Crash TV format for television. After an absence on screen for over a decade, the famous deals are back on screen again.
2018 saw Derek continue to present with the JewelleryMaker and Sewing Quarter teams on-air. He also joined Gibraltar's new radio station, Rock Radio (again, purely by coincidence, accident and good fortune) He was engaged to work with, train and mentor the on-air team - a role that soon expanded to include Sales and Promotions, audio production and even presenting shows. An office in the sun - someone has to do it :)
2019 has been an interesting year with plenty of trips out to Gibraltar for Rock Radio. There have been more appearances for Sewing Quarter and JewelleryMaker. There was a cruise with Celebrity Cruises on their new ‘Edge’ ship, the first LIVE show for Cruise 1st TV in our new studio centre in Greater Manchester - and a surprise return to Gems TV to cover some shows after a gap of 10 years back at the Eagle Road Studios.
Derek's very much into social media - and his iPhone is never far away as you'll see if you connect via Facebook and Twitter (links at the top right of the homepage) :)
Thanks for reading - you deserve a medal for getting this far. You can contact Derek via e-mail at email@example.com
......................... and now, to read Derek's CV HERE or check out his SHOWREELS HERE