Derek was heavily involved with ‘BVMA’ during his time in the industry and many members will have crossed swords, golf clubs or even pints of bitter with him numerous times during their careers. At age 14, Derek was apprenticed to Robinsons Woodworking Machinery in Rochdale, later moving to the drawing office and then onto Whip & Bourne Electrical Controls. Later he joined English Electric at Bradford, later becoming MD of their Luton works, with overall responsibility for their "CYBAC" actuator range. He joined Pegler Hattersley in 1971 as Sales Director for Hattersley Newman Hender, later becoming MD of the Engineering and Valve Division with worldwide responsibilities. Later Derek became MD of Petrecon Flotec at Mildenhall, and eventually set up his own business D & D International Valves in Bury St Edmunds, where he continued as MD until retiring in October 1991. Adanac Valve was set up in late 1986, with Sue and Mike Ball as Directors, and with Derek as Chairman - a position which he relinquished only 8 years ago. Mike Ball commented, ‘We all greatly value Derek’s considerable input and guidance in our early days, which undoubtedly helped Adanac become the success we are today.’
Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 1
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