Positive, practical & knowledgeable
Derek's clients often comment that he has a knack for explaining things, which is likely due to Derek's extensive prior experience in education. From that start, Derek was driven by his ambition to start his own successful finance business and use that teaching experience to help his clients.
Ensuring that any questions his clients have are answered in a way that enables them to make informed, and confident decisions, is what Derek is passionate about.
Extensive mortgage broking experience
After nearly 20 years in the corporate and education sectors, Derek joined Mortgage Choice in March 2003. Since then, Derek has successfully helped hundreds of clients access over $200 million for their borrowing needs.
Derek's experience and excellent standing in the company, and indeed in the industry, was rewarded in late 2016 when he was elected as one of two Queensland delegates on the Mortgage Choice FAC (Franchisee Advisory Committee). In this capacity, together with delegates from other states, he consults with the Mortgage Choice executive team and its Board on issues affecting the franchise network. Among many notable successes in this role, in 2018, with other FAC delegates, he was instrumental in the negotiating of a new remuneration structure for the network of Mortgage Choice Franchisees.
A highly qualified expert
- Full Member of the Mortgage Finance Association of Australia (MFAA)
- Diploma in Financial Services - Finance, Mortgage Broking Management.
- Bachelor's Degree in Adult and Vocation Education (Griffith University, Brisbane QLD)
- Associate Diploma in Human Resource Development (Griffith University, Brisbane QLD)
On a personal level
Away from the business, Derek enjoys spending time with his two adult daughters and his wife, Karen.
Derek loves international and local travel, and has lived all over Australia, as well as in the USA and the UK. Derek has now called Brisbane home for over 35 years.
A cricket fan, Derek has played competitively since the age of 10, and represented South Brisbane Districts CC at grade level for nearly 20 years. Though his playing days are now behind him, he says he would still pull on the whites to fill in for Souths if they ever needed.
Derek is also a classic car enthusiast, and he was recently appointed to the role of Secretary of the Austin Healey Owners Club of Queensland.
Derek is ready to work hard for you
Always ready to go the extra mile for his clients, Derek takes a 'client for life' approach to his business. You can rest-assured he will be committed to working hard for you from the moment you become a client.