Derek is really in his element on the after dinner speaking circuit. He is the consummate professional and is able to read his audience and deliver a performance with the perfect mood and tempo to suit the occasion.
His is an awe-inspiring story of incredible achievements, crushing setbacks and remarkable recoveries. With such a long and successful athletics career under his belt, he has a hatful of fascinating anecdotes and insights into the sport and many of the legendary competitors he took on and raced alongside individually and as part of the Great Britain relay squad.
Derek has maintained a wonderful depth of knowledge of athletics and is well-placed to explain how it has evolved over the years and to assess the state of the sport and its leading personalities today. He is best known for his athletic exploits but has shown a real passion and talent for a number of other sports and he shares charming stories from his time overachieving at both basketball and Rugby Union.
This hugely likeable man has an unbelievable set of experiences and he has the talent to convey them to his audiences in a truly engaging manner. He has a great sense of humour but also a thought provoking presence, both of which combine to make him one of the very best on the after dinner circuit.