Derek is regarded as one of NZ education’s foremost Future Focused thinkers in education.

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

Derek is available to support you with:

  • educational policy advice at a national or local level
  • strategic planning 
  • capability development 
  • curriculum development
  • project or programme review and evaluation

He has particular interests and experience with:

  • teacher professional development
  • initial teacher education
  • distance and online learning
  • instructional design
  • integration of digital technologies for learning

Derek has been a teacher, principal, teacher educator, distance educator, e-learning specialist and education policy adviser. In 2013 he co-founded CORE Education, a not-for-profit education research and development organisation based in Christchurch, New Zealand, a position he stepped aside from in 2017 to allow a new generation of leaders to take the reigns, and to enable him to pursue his interest in developing FutureMakers. 

He is married with five children and six grandchildren, and is passionately committed to finding ways though education to help build a more positive future for the planet and the people on it.

Derek is regularly invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to education and the future and that can be found here:

Follow this link to view some of the presentations he has delivered: