Dr Derrick Anderson CBE

Dr Derrick Anderson

Lay Member of Council

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Derrick Anderson, CBE, retired as Chief Executive of Lambeth Council in December 2014, having been the Chief Executive since 1st March 2006.  He was previously Chief Executive of the City of Wolverhampton Council for 10 years.

Derrick, who was born in London, has had more than twenty-five 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 currently a member of University of Birmingham Council, a non-exec director of UK Municipal Bond Agency Plc, non-exec director of Social Finance Ltd, and the Chair of Trustees of the Wave Trust charity.  He is also a member of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Commitee. He has participated in a number of national organisational reviews including that of the Arts Council England. 

He 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 AntiSocial 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:

Member of the Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board; 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, Chair of Sports England West Midlands 2004-06; and Non-Executive Director of Social Value Portal Ltd.

He 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 degrees from Staffordshire University for work on social inclusion and cultural policy and from Birmingham University. 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.