Derek lives in Kent and makes his living from running Chislehurst Bridge Club and teaching bridge to players of all levels. More recently, Derek has returned to education and is currently working for a PhD in mathematics (more specifically in design theory, which is a branch of combinatorics) at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Derek learnt to play bridge in the 1980s but took what turned out to be about a ten-year break from competitive play in 1995. His achievements in bridge, before and after the temporary retirement, include representing England at the European Championships and World Olympiad, winning the 1989 Under-25s World Championships, some European events and on the national scene, amongst others, the Gold Cup, the Premier League and Crockfords, each more than once.
Derek was NPC of the women's team which won gold at the 2016 European Championships, a silver medal at the European Championships in 2014 and Venice Cup in 2017, and a bronze medal at the Venice Cup in 2015.
Last updated: October 2019
An interview with Derek - English Bridge, February 2016
Major International Appearances
European Championships: 2012
World Olympiad: 2012
World Youth Team Championships: 1991*
European Junior Championships: 1988 and 1990
* - 1st place
European Champions’ Cup: 2002 and 2018
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2010 2011 2012, 2014 and 2019(EBU team)
Junior Camrose Selections: 1988
Gold Cup Winner: 1994, 1995 2012 and 2017
Crockfords Winner: 1993 1996 2002 and 2012
Premier League Winner: 2009 and 2011
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 2013
Tollemache Cup winner: 1990 2008 and 2009
Player of the Year Championship: 2017/18 - 9th=