Derek is a senior management professional with extensive background of in-house and outsourced TFM, Property & Project management, QHSE standards & accreditations and Data Centre Solutions. Having held operational FM roles in a variety of sectors leading and inspiring operational teams to deliver results with unprecedented attention to detail, he strives for continuous improvement and service excellence.
Derek has had significant exposure to complex programmes, delivering and operating corporate office, critical contact/data centres and retail built environments. He has expertise in other commercial areas such as insurance, purchasing, fleet, logistics. Derek has proven financial acumen with P & L balance sheet accountability, with an acute understanding of costs and controls impact to maximise ROI/margins.
John has over 30 years’ experience as a finance professional, with over 20 years at Director level. He accumulated a broad range of budgetary and strategic planning skills within large multinationals such as BP and Cable & Wireless and has subsequently operated at board level within the house-building and property development sectors.
He was part of a successful MBO team in the 90’s and joined the Portal team in 2003. He has implemented strong financial controls throughout his career and manages a team overseeing the strategic finances of the business and controlling the project costings required to allow the Portal model to run smoothly.
John co-founded Portal to provide a unique solution to infrastructure capacity problems. Frustrated with the inherent shortcomings of existing in-house and outsourced models, John has been instrumental in launching Portal's Managed Office Solutions business model in the UK.
From his international experience with Sitel, he has led Portal to its No.1 position in this market. The Company has experienced continual growth and now operates over 280,000 sq ft of Managed Offices around the UK. Portal are increasingly acknowledged by leading corporations as a provider of cost effective workspace solutions for businesses seeking to align their property strategy with the dynamic needs of their business.