Derek is the owner of The Alternative Board in Lanarkshire. A successful businessman with over 25 years experience, he has started and successfully grown several, winning business ventures, before selling them as thriving companies. He has proven skills in strategic planning, competitive analysis, brand management, product development, IP and team building, driving bottom line results from business growth, operations management and customer service excellence.
He is outgoing and passionate, an enthusiast who enjoys working with people, straight talking and always focuses on getting things done well, efficiently and on time.
Derek has served as a Director of several leading Commercial Companies, Government Agencies and Charities such as Clyde Shipping, EAGA Plc, Scottish Enterprise, North Lanarkshire Leisure and The Time Capsule.
As a Non-Executive Director with Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway for several years, Derek was actively involved in the Business and Economic Development of Lanarkshire, at a strategic and planning level by helping to support SME business owners throughout Lanarkshire.
As a business owner himself, for many years, Derek understands the challenges faced by other business owners. The difficulty of making big decisions under pressure sometimes means we avoid making them altogether, which can lead to missed opportunities or costly mistakes. “I remember very well, as a business owner, the frustrations of having no one to test ideas with or to get real world, practical advice from, this is why I believe that The Alternative Board is so relevant to dynamic and ambitious business owners” said Derek.