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Derek is the LIT-Tipperary Innovation & Enterprise Manager. He holds a BSc in Building Surveying from University of East Anglia, a MSc in Occupation Health & Safety Management (pure research) from Loughborough Universityand a MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies (structured research) from the Graduate School of the Environment, Centre for Alternative Energy & University of East London
Derek has worked with the Innovation & Enterprise Team since 2012, and manages the QUESTUM Acceleration Centre in Clonmel and the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC) in Thurles.
As well as mentoring entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Derek works on EU funded projects such as FOLM - From Outdoors to Labour Market - a project designed to get young people into work, and along with Gillian, delievered Design Thinking workshops in Ireland, Poland and Spain.
Derek is currently working with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, running innovation workshops and short-programmes.