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Derek has worked in the energy industry for over 40 years. He started his career as a student apprentice with BP Tanker Company then worked in a variety of roles in the UK within the oil & gas industry with John Brown Engineering, Marathon Oil UK, APG/Salamis JV, and Wood Group Engineering. In 1999, Derek transferred to Houston and assumed responsibility for Wood Group’s Engineering and Production Facilities, businesses in North and South America. He grew the Wood Group business from $20m pa to nearly $2bn pa prior to retiring at the end of 2013. Derek assumed his current role as CEO of Vepica in Houston in 2015.

Derek is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; a member of the Energy Institute; a director of Shawcor Ltd and President of the BABC in Houston. Derek was involved in the creation of the Saltire Foundation and is a Trustee of the Foundation in the USA. He is a founder member of the Globalscot network and was inducted into the Globalscot Hall of fame in May 2012. He was appointed OBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honour’s List.

Derek has been married to his wife Jean for more than 40 years. They have a son Stuart, a daughter Heather and three grandsons. His interests are watching most sports, particularly football and playing golf.