Derrick Anderson, CBE, is the Chief Executive of Lambeth Council and started in post on 1 March 2006. He was previously Chief Executive of the City of Wolverhampton Council for 10 years.
Derrick, who was born in London, has 25 years' senior management experience in local government and more than 30 years in the public sector. Derrick was voted Public Leader of the Year in the Guardian Public Services Awards 2012.
Derrick is a member of the Social Fund Board, Princes' Trust Ambassador, a member of the Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board, Vice President of UK Youth and participated as a member of the Arts Council, England Organisation Review: External Reference Group; he is also named on the Powerlist 2013.
Derrick has sat on a number of independent commissions and task forces including: South African Local Government Peer Review, Birmingham University Policy Commission on 'the future of public services in The Big Society', Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, London Apprenticeship Task Force, Central Council for Physical Recreation Facilities Inquiry, UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) UK Committee.
Other past engagements include:
Non-Executive Director on the Home Office Board; Board Member of Sport England - London; Member of Arts Council England; Secretary Black Country Local Authority Consortium 2000-04; Non-Executive Director West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive; Non-Executive Director of the 2012 Olympic Bid Company and Chair of Sports England West Midlands 2004-06.
Derrick was selected as a Local Government Network UK representative for South Africa / UK Shoulder to Shoulder Initiative. He was awarded a CBE for services to local government in January 2003 and holds honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University for work on social inclusion and cultural policy and from the University of Birmingham.
With a keen interest in sports and the arts, Derrick's outside interests include working with aid and development organisations in Southern Africa and the Caribbean. With many years of public service, Derrick has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences and events on local government and community issues.