orphaned as a child and educated at the Royal Wolverhampton
School. He later completed his National and Territorial Army
Service with the Royal Engineers, before joining a Chartered
Accountants Office, a manufacturing company, as Finance and
Derek successfully completed a BA Degree in
Humanities through the Open University in 1972.
He retired in 1998, to care for his
wife. Following her death, Derek undertook various roles in
the Voluntary Sector, including Cardiovascular Network and Older
People’s Forum. Derek is also Trustee and Treasurer at
Wolverhampton Crossroads (Caring for Carers). In 2009, he
became a Volunteer tutor for the Expert Patients Programme with the
Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust NHS.
Derek’s medical history includes open heart
and vascular surgery, and he has a keen interest in Cardiac/Stroke
rehabilitation, with visits to various forums in the UK relating to
the study of patients with long-term medical conditions. Derek has
recently been diagnosed with Diabetes.
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