Derek joined Richmond Fellowship as Chief Executive in August 2012. Richmond Fellowship is a specialist provider of high quality mental health services to the 9,000 people they support each year. Derek leads and directs the organisation to achieve this mission and corporate objectives within the legal and regulatory framework within which it operates. Derek is a member of the unitary board and represents the organisation at a national level with government departments and policy forums.
Previously Derek worked in various local authorities in Children’s Services and in Learning Disability, prior to professional training. He also practised as a Social Worker in Community Based Mental Health Teams, plus worked as part of a clinical team in an NHS hospital setting, on acute admissions and rehabilitation wards, acting as an approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act.
In the 1980’s as part of the ‘Care in the Community’ drive, Derek was involved in the re-provision of the old psychiatric hospitals, into new community based alternatives, working with Housing Associations, Local Authorities, health authorities, Service Users and relatives.
For the last 15 years, Derek has held senior positions in two large national organisations, providing diverse services to a range of people including women fleeing domestic violence and children leaving the care sector, to ex forces personnel. We provided specialist accommodation to homeless people with complex drugs and alcohol issues.