Derek is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for Birmingham Business School with responsibility for postgraduate taught programmes in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Previously he was the Assistant Dean for Executive Masters Programmes at Warwick Business School. Derek teaches postgraduate International Business and Corporate Governance modules.
Before embarking on an academic career he worked in the financial services industry where he was a Director of Kleinwort Benson Investment Management and the CEO of the Tata Asset Management Company in Mumbai. Following 13 years as a fund manager specialising in N. American equity investments for investment trusts, mutual funds and pension funds he moved into the management of the business undertaking a variety of senior roles that included responsibility for a number of key relationships. During this time he lived for extended periods in the UK, USA, India and Taiwan . He has also worked in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada.