Derek is a long serving member of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
After graduating as a civil engineer in 1969, Derek joined Main Roads in Roma. From there he acquired district experience in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Barcaldine and Bundaberg, before moving to Brisbane where he has had a number of senior management roles in the construction, project delivery and project management disciplines.
Prior to his current role, Derek was the General Manager (Major Projects), where he was committed to ensuring Main Roads had the capability to lead and manage delivery of major road and transport infrastructure.
He has had considerable experience in the development, procurement and delivery of a number of challenging projects such as the Port of Brisbane Motorway Stage 1, Boggo Road and RBWH Busways, Tugun Bypass and the current Ipswich Motorway upgrade.
He is recognised nationally as a leader in the development and appropriate use of relationship bound contracts such as ECI and alliancing.