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Derek is a Partner with responsibility for originating and leading minority investment opportunities.

Derek has been a private equity investor for 20 years, having previously worked in Permira’s TMT team before founding Darwin Private Equity in 2006. He has partnered with many entrepreneurs over the years, including investments in All3Media, ASK4, Attenda, Complete Cover Group, Datum Datacentres and Euroffice, as well as working on larger primary buyouts such as the Automobile Association, Inmarsat, Intelsat and Travelodge. As such, he has worked with businesses at all stages of development and particularly enjoys helping grow, scale and professionalise entrepreneurial companies. In addition, he has helped review and execute a wide range of add-on acquisitions to portfolio companies.

Prior to commencing his private equity investing career, Derek qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, London and worked in corporate finance and turnaround consulting.

Derek enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, enjoying the music venues and independent cinemas of London as well as the ups and downs of watching Arsenal. He holds a degree in Economics & Accounting from Bristol University.