Derek is currently director of eLearning at CORE Education, a not-for-profit education research and development organisation based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to this he has worked as a teacher, principal, teacher educator and e-learning specialist at the Correspondence School and for the Ministry of Education.

Derek is regarded as one of NZ education’s foremost Future Focused thinkers, and works extensively with schools and clusters as they seek to prepare students for their future. He also consults with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of NZ educational policy and practice.

He is regularly invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to e-learning and other aspects of interest to educators; http://blog.core-ed.org/derek

In recognition of his work in this area, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation that recognises individuals making a difference in education.