Derek has worked in the public sector for almost all his working life. He spent 20 years as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force before a spell in business consultancy. He joined the NHS in 2003 in a commissioning role for the Workforce Development Confederation, and quickly gained responsibility for leading non-medical education commissioning across Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Derek co-chairs the Dental HEEAG (Health Education England Advisory Group), works closely with the Chief Dental Officer for England and chairs the COPDEND Dental Foundation Board. He joined Health Education South West in January 2013.