Dermot spent the majority of his working life with the accounting firm BDO LLP. For most of his time there he headed up the corporate finance group and was one of a small group of partners who drove the strategic direction of the firm. By the time he retired in 2010 he was the Senior Partner of the UK firm and Chairman of the global practice, BDO International. Since retiring Dermot has been a non-executive director of a number of companies, advised on individual transactions, chaired a dementia support company, sat on a government advisory board and chaired a neighbourhood planning group. He is currently a non-executive director of two listed companies, Shaftesbury PLC and JTC PLC.
Dermot is a strong believer in Activate and greatly impressed by the way it has developed over the last few years. The recent mergers combined with a strong management team and a complete focus on preparing students for work leaves it well positioned to help with the economic recovery now required.
Aside from his roles as both a governor and non-executive director, Dermot enjoys skiing, bridge, travel and spending time with family, particularly his four grandsons.