Derek is married and has 3 children and 6 grand-children and has lived in Takeley since 1978. He is a qualified engineer with over 41 years service in NHS and University estate maintenance including over 10 years at local hospitals in Epping and Harlow. He currently works at Queen Mary, University of London. He has played an active part in the Takeley community over the years. He has been a Governor of Takeley School for 19 years and is currently one of the 2 governors appointed by Essex County Council. For a number of years he was Chair of the local Scout Group.
He has represented Takeley at Uttlesford from 1999-2003 and again from 2007 onwards and he wants to continue to work on behalf of local people. He has previously chaired the Uttlesford South Area Forum and currently chairs the Stansted Airport Advisory Panel. Derek says ‘It is a privilege to continue representing Takeley & The Canfields, and I will endeavour to ensure that local services are delivered efficiently and at the lowest possible cost.’