Derek has more than 15 years experience in private equity and is a co-founder of Percipient. He joined WM Enterprise in 2000 to raise and launch the South East Growth Fund, overseeing it ever since. He spent his early career with Midland Bank and its successor HSBC, where he rose through the ranks to become one of the bank’s youngest lending managers before moving into corporate insolvency and ultimately HSBC Ventures, specialising in smaller private equity investments.
Derek has personally been involved in more than 25 initial investments, leading the majority, and is an experienced non-executive director, adding value to several investee company boards.
Derek has a first class honours degree from the University of Manchester.
Derek is married and lives with his wife and three children on the London/Kent border.
Football is Derek’s obsession. He and his sons are season ticket holders at Millwall. He is Chairman of Bromley FC Junior Section and a qualified youth coach working with players from 6 to 16 years old.