Deryck has had more than 30 years governance involvement in education, health and disabilities, tourism and sports, social services and recreation sectors and nearly 40 years as a business owner. Tertiary educated at Waikato, Lincoln and Canterbury Universities, he has been involved in many consultancy projects throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.
He is a strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development and has a number of professional memberships including being a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors; Member of New Zealand Association of Economists; Associate Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management; Member of New Zealand Planning Institute; Foundation Member of Royal Society of New Zealand and Member NZ Research Association.
Deryck lives in Rotorua with his wife and they have three adult children and one grandchild. He is a keen mountain biker and walker. He has been involved in a number of initiatives and in 1994 was one of the initiators of the Rotorua Walking Festival and in 1998 was one of the founders of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter. In 2014 he was named Rotorua Businessperson of the Year and a Member of the NZ Order of Merit and was an inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumnae Award of the University of Waikato in 2007. He has a number of business interests in tourism, property and consultancy and is currently Chair of Te Puia (New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute); Chair Wai Kokopu Trust, Director, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Waitangi Ltd and on the board of the New Zealand Holiday Parks Association.