Derek acts as a Consultant within the commercial division of Hurford Salvi Carr and remains the managing director of architectural design and build company Hodges Design Ltd. He was formerly senior partner of niche agency Whitehouse Lewis where he acted for the Christina Onassis Fund and managing director of Devonshire Estates, where he was responsible for the project management of Oakview Lodge and subsequent sale of the completed development to the Sultan of Brunei sister in law, Princess Norhayati. He has forty years of experience in real estate and particularly in providing feasibility advice on development projects both in the UK and abroad. Other notable transactions include the sale of 89 residential units on behalf of Fairbriar/Fraser developments in EC4 to Galliard Homes for £26m, the acquisition of the headquarters of fashion house Agent Provocateur and the letting and subsequent sale of the White Cube Gallery, Hoxton on behalf of BritArt agent Jay Jopling. When Derek is not being the Chairman of the Association of Surveyors and Architectural Consultants he spends time with his twelve grandchildren (not necessarily all at once).