Derek was born in Exminster many years ago and has seen enormous changes in the village. Always involved in village life, he first joined the Parish Council in 1979 when he served as Vice-Chairman of the council and Chairman of the School Governors. Later he became Clerk to the Parish Council. Derek rejoined the Council in October 2012. Derek has a son and daughter working in the village, whom many people will know, and a grandson living in the village. He has been a member of the Scout Association for many years and is currently Chairman of the Exeter and District Scout Council. Derek is continuing a long line of service on the Parish Council. A Great Uncle was a Councillor and his Father joined the Parish Council in 1946.