Derek has a strong business development and management background, taking food and ag-tech innovation from the lab bench to the marketplace. Derek has key skills in food technology and processing, with a track record of successfully working with SME's to deploy technology and scale up operations. Comfortable in a strategic or operations capacity, he has worked extensively in the R&D space and in recent years received industry recognition for innovation in supply chain process development. Previously the General Manager of Australian Functional Foods Pty Ltd, Derek has been consulting since 2018. He has a GradCert InnovEnt (Adelaide) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).