Derek trained as a biochemist, obtaining a PhD before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge. After six years as a lecturer in Biochemistry at Edinburgh University, Derek changed direction in order to pursue his strong interest in the nature conservation arena with a focus on birdlife. Joining the Nature Conservancy Council as a scientist, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Scientist before moving into the policy making side as Director of Policy, Planning and Services and then Chief Scientist.
Previous roles in government
Non-executive Board Member, MMO
- 2010 to 2018