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Derek began his barbershop journey in 1988 as a founding member of Hereward Harmony, and has since enjoyed the camaraderie and successes of singing with both Shannon Express and, for the past 20yrs, the Cottontown Chorus. At club level he has served as chairman, and is now an active member of the music leadership team, and at BABS Board level, he has served as Vice Chairman, Chairman (2011-2012) and remains as your current Director of Events.

Prior to taking early retirement, Derek worked for 35 years on the railways in Construction / Civil Engineering and as a Project Manager for various major works. All training he has found invaluable in his BABS role! He met his wife Lyn through barbershop, and they live happily ‘Up North’ with their three black cats. A keen gardener, he can often be found working on his allotment or going to the theatre… where he’s always on the lookout for potential new venues!

The role of Director Events involves overseeing our four main events each year (Convention, Prelims, Harmony College and Directors Academy) and making sure they run smoothly and economically, which, we’re sure you will agree, they always do!