Welcome - and thanks for coming 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: 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.
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, 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. He chose home and went to the customer service department of shower company, 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.
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 in leafy Reigate in Surrey when his call centre was transferred to Preston in Lancashire. He lived between the two, before asking to be transferred 'up north'.
Thinking that his dream of working in radio would be over there and then, he made moved into IT and worked for United Utilities and Shell Oil in Manchester - even spending a year on a project in The Hague in the Netherlands along the way. He then moved on to work for a company building a prospective call centre (that he knew would never happen) and decided enough was enough.
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!!
He started by reading travel news for AA Roadwatch, as well as presenting radio live at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for two seasons - oh, and starting an unofficial website for a new radio station in the North West, Wish FM in Wigan. 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 and Wish FM allowed him studio time to 'play' in their studios. Alongside 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!).
Both proved immensely valuable for what lay ahead. Many quiz nights, weddings and ice-skating beat nights later he found himself with a busy diary and plenty of work around the North West. After many trial and internet radio stations, he ended up presenting full-time for the very first radio station he, progressing from weekend breakfast to the station's flagship breakfast show (very much not his time of day!!).
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/Price Crash TV' in Manchester. Working among the shopping telly greats of the time, Derek found his own way of making shopping fun, factual and entertaining all in one whilst working live or recorded. He was used by the channel regularly for repeat show infomercials including the flaming bonnet demo for the channel's car polish. He went on to launch and develop the channel's jewellery strand, Gemtique.
Well that started something. From Price Crash TV, Derek appeared at JML Direct on a TV product launch campaign for the 'Doktor Power' product, popped into Ideal World briefly to launch some products. He was part of the Gems TV team for two years, initially to cover maternity leave for Angeline Davies, soon becoming one of the highest-grossing presenters for the channel. He was one of the first shopping presenters to appear on the new Primetime slots on the new 'Freeview' platform.
He moved into lifestyle and news reading for a wee while too in Manchester - fronting 'Shine!', a This Morning style format for two years.
2009-16 Derek presented at TJC (The Jewellery Channel) for seven years. With a wealth of gemstone experience he designed pieces of jewellery, travelled around the world reporting from the company HQ in India and trade fairs whilst assisting the buying team in finding products. He also plays a key role in customer promotional events.
2010 - Derek was instrumental in bringing The Liverpool Cruise Club to television as a presenter, consultant and producer. From a chance phone call, Derek made it happen and the shows were on air four weeks later. He fronted popular cruise shows in studio and on location for almost five years and an entertainment series "The Showcase".
2014 - Derek changes 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 inside and has now established a 24 hr on sky 680. Derek and TV wife Emma Redman front the tempting holiday shows.
He also joined the UK family footwear business Pavers, presenting footwear, fashion and promotional shows on the world's only 24 hour shoe channel (sky669). The channel relaunched with a number of personality presenters from their own studio facility in York.
2016 saw another change in direction as Derek was engaged as a consultant by UK publisher Immediate Media. The company acquired the JewelleryMaker TV channel in late 2015 and have now launched another channel, 'The Sewing Quarter' in early 2017. Derek collaborated with the project team on style, look and feel, customer journey and many other aspects of presentation. He presented test formats for the channel, and provided presentation cover in its first year.
2017 saw Derek join JewelleryMaker as a freelance presenter, working 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 is a tale yet to be told......
As well as TV clients, Derek has formulated sales formats and styling for the likes of ao.com (the UK's largest white goods online retailer), Express Gifts, Kleeneze, iwantoneofthose.com and many others. A major retail client in the US recently reported a sales uplift in excess of 600% with a series of videos.
He continues to work with many clients and presenters and develop strategies to increase sales in this ever competitive field. His voice is used for many corporate presentations, e-learning, television commercials and radio campaigns.
His broadcasting career all stemmed from a love of radio, and Derek has presented for many commercial stations over the years, including Magic. He spent four years on a former local station Lancashire and Merseyside, first increasing weekend breakfast show audience to the peak of the week before taking over the flagship breakfast show.
In 2010, Derek headed to North Lancashire and South Cumbria at The Bay (now Heart), where he increased audience nearly threefold for the Saturday lunchtime show before continuing to cover shows, events and outside broadcasts for the station. In 2014, he joined new online radio station Diva Radio to present the 'On your Marks', the station breakfast show.
After living in Lancashire for over 20 years, Derek now lives in North Yorkshire with his partner of many years and a beloved black cat called Jacob. 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavers Shoes / Cruise 1st TV/ Price Crash TV
c/o Lorna Mann, Pavers Shoes TV, Northminster Business Park, Hardwood Road, York YO26 6QU
c/o Scott Stone, Sales Manager, JewelleryMaker, Ivy House, Studley Road, Outhill, Warwickshire B80 7DU
......................... and now, to read Derek's CV HERE - click here or check out his SHOWREELS HERE