Derek has been in the tech industry for 20 years working in global roles for PwC and Barclays Bank. On his return to Australia he led the growth of a management consulting firm prior to its sale to an ASX listed business.
Derek was the co-founder of sustainability software company Greensense, which he successfully exited through its sale to ASX listed energy retailer ERM. Since that he has been an active tech investor.
This has included establishing the Angel investor network Innovation Bay in Perth, which provided $5m of startup investments under his leadership and founding Go-Capital that has invested over $10m in some of Perth’s best startups including Health Engine and iCetana.
He currently leads Purpose Ventures – focused on impact investing, is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the RAC running their $3m BetterLabs Venture Fund, is also the Entrepreneur in Residence for Spacecubed Plus Eight Accelerator, is the Chairman of a number of private companies and chairs the Meridian Global Foundation.