Derek is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and has held office in various statistical organisations including:
- President, International Statistical Institute’s Standing Committee on Regional and Urban Statistics
- Vice President, International Association for Official Statistics
- Treasurer Irish Statistical Association
- Committee member Northern Ireland Branch Royal Statistical Society
He is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Statistical Advisory Committee.
He has worked with many international, national, regional and urban statistics bodies including:
- UN Statistics Division
- ONS – UK
- CSO – Ireland
- Statistics Finland
- INSE Portugal
- Hong Kong Census and Statistics Office
- National Bureau of Statistics China
Derek is a keen dinghy sailor and formally worked as a senior sailing instructor in both the UK and France.
He currently owns a wayfarer and a laser dinghy.
He is also a keen gardener.