Derek Ormerod is Public Relations Officer for the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing.
After National Service in the Royal Marines and Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment he started his career teaching maths and science in a grammar school before going on to work in a college for mature entrants to the teaching profession. Here he lectured in educational psychology and research design and was awarded a Master’s degree by the University of Manchester for research in the field of personality, learning and subject choice.
Derek has worked extensively with adult students including involvement in the in-service training of lecturers in further and higher education and as a course tutor for the Open University. As head of a Polytechnic Centre for Educational Technology he developed his interest in curriculum development and was a consultant in open learning systems to the Business and Technician Education Council and other national organisations.
An enthusiastic photographer and gardener, he is also a former Chair of his local parish council and was for several years, a member of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum and Critical Friends Group of the Northwest Ambulance Service.