Born in Arbroath, Derek joined the RAF from high school, serving his time and gaining considerable operational experience in logistics. After leaving the RAF he joined an Oil Service Company in Aberdeen, using his military experience to great effect in a variety of logistics and operational roles before taking a managerial position with the company in Doha, Qatar. He worked and travelled extensively around the Middle East before securing the role of Regional Manager for Asia Pacific North. This took him to Kuala Lumpur from where he extended his work and travel experience further into the Far East.

In 2014 Derek returned to Scotland with his young family, applying his skills and expertise to Service Quality, auditing various bases around the world, before establishing a successful family run business in Dufftown.


Derek loves to play badminton and enjoys hillwalking and shooting  …but perhaps more than anything, he loves a good dram!