Growing up in England Derek attended the United World College of the Atlantic, an international outward bound school. He has served on cliff rescue teams, as a Lifeboat coxswain and as a trainer/examiner in costal small craft. Derek has run a wide variety of adventure/outward bound programs for youth groups both in the US and the UK. Derek is also an active business consultant in San Francisco and the Humboldt area.
Derek is the executive and administrative wing of North Coast Adventure Centers. He helps support the companies vision, direction, and financial health. His love however, is in the field playing and working programs. Derek volunteers extensively with Girl Scouts, he leads two troops in McKinleyville, organizes adventure programs for girls in the Humboldt area, and is NNCTC trainer of Girl Scout leaders.