Derek was employed by Leeds City Council as a Principal Catering Manager managing the community meals service and providing catering expertise to the residential and day care establishments for over 25 years. Prior to Leeds, he worked for two other local authorities.
He now works as a Partner for Nutrition and Hydration Associates supporting care providers with catering, nutrition and hydration support as well as providing training in these areas. He has held numerous positions in the NACC, both regionally and nationally including National Chair.
He was the Co-ordinator for the review of the industry standard –A Recommended Standard for Community Meals Document, and was the editor in the development of the Menu Planning and Special Diets Manual for Care Homes. Derek is the lead for care for Nutrition and Hydration Week and has a major role in engaging with overseas colleagues about the week and writing our Nutrition and Hydration Week newsletters