Derek is the Chief Executive Officer and oversees all operational aspects of the organisation with the support of his highly experienced Executive Management Team members.

He has extensive experience in community services and community recovery which stretches more than 30 years. Prior to entering the field of community services, he worked in the banking industry for more than 17 years.

Networking, mentoring and successful stakeholder engagement is extremely important to him and for the future of the organisation. He is currently appointed and sits on various Federal, State and Local Government boards and working parties.

He is very passionate about his community and the organisations ability to successfully advocate and respond in times of community crisis and need.