Role: Educator / Programme Development
Speciality: First Aid, Emergency Care, Wellness, Lifestyle Coaching, Health, Fitness, Nutrition.
Derek is a Director of Maltings Training, and has worked full time in the Health & Fitness Industry since 1993. Prior to this he spent 7 years working in the Food Industry in the field of Quality Assurance and Product Development and was involved in the Technical Development of Food Products for supply to Major Supermarket Multiples throughout Europe.
He holds a Masters Degree in Exercise & Health Science, a Diploma in Analytical Food Science & Biochemistry, and Professional Certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in Personal Training and Lifestyle & Weight Management. In addition, he is an ACE tutor and member of the ACE Academy and an NCEF Tutor on the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness Programme awarded by the University of Limerick and holds additional qualifications from the U.S National Sports Performance Association as a Conditioning Specialist, and Resistance University Oklahoma City in Resistance Training Biomechanics. Derek has worked as a Fitness Educator for the past 19 years, and currently teaches on Maltings Training programmes specialising in Exercise & Fitness, Wellness and Lifestyle Management.
In addition, Derek is an accomplished sports participant in the areas of athletics and Karate, having competed at various levels in Ireland, the UK and the US. He holds a Dan Black belt in Shotokan Karate and currently practices and teaches karate. In 1993 he established Maltings Training which has since evolved to become a leading centre of training excellence offering a broad spectrum of programmes in the Health & Leisure Sector which are approved by ACE, ETB, QQI, ITEC, NCEF, and FitPro. In 1995 he was involved in the design, set up and operation of the Maltings Fitness Club, a privately owned Fitness Facility in Portlaoise which he co-operated until 2003.
Derek is also a qualified Life & Business Coach, an Occupational First Aid Instructor, FAR Instructor, CFR Instructor, Patient and Manual Handling Instructor and is a PHECC registered EMT/Paramedic and with a steadfast commitment to continuous education and personal development he brings a wealth of personal experience to his training programmes as a previous Fitness Facility owner, Personal trainer and Fitness Educator.