Derek’s specialty is in deep-level shaft design and large-capacity hoisting systems. Derek values hard work and commitment, and he dedicates himself to supporting the goals of his clients.
The relationships he’s developed have taken him around the world, from Africa to North America, Europe, and Australia. Derek started his career as a shaft engineer, and for the past 18 years he’s been involved in some of the deepest and largest-diameter vertical shafts in the world, utilizing the latest technology for both friction and BMR hoists—where the limits of rope technology were tested. Derek has lent his expertise to projects including: South Deep, Oyu Tolgoi, Resolution Copper, and the Impala No 16 Shaft. He’s worked on numerous shaft-sinking projects as consultant, client, and sinking contractor.
When Derek’s not hard at work, he’s spending time with his family and pursuing his love of the sky as a licensed private pilot for fixed-wing planes and helicopters.