Background and work experience

After serving in the English Royal Air Force for 15 years and working for NATO in Germany, Derek entered the Dutch high-tech industry in 1994.

He specialized in complex embedded software, software testing and test management, holding various roles (such as tester, test analyst, test coordinator/test manager and Scrum Master) and working in diverse sectors (including the semiconductor industry and advanced digital X-ray equipment for medical devices).

Throughout his career, Derek has always focused on verification & validation, quality, “first time right” principles, and fast time-to-market. In recent years, he has further specialized in safety requirements, risk management, and reliability within safety-critical systems like medical devices and automotive (regulation).

Certificates and accreditations

Derek holds the following certificates:

  • ISTQB Expert Level – Certificate in Software testing
  • ISTQB Expert Level – Improving the Test Process
  • TUV ISO26262 Functional Safety Management
  • Capturing Agile Requirements by Example (CARE)


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