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Biography

Derek Wyatt MP (Lab. Sittingbourne & Sheppey, North Kent,)

www.derekwyatt.co.uk and www.derekwyatt.tv

Derek was elected to Parliament in 1997 and returned successfully in 2001 and 2005. He is currently the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown at the FCO.

Before Parliament he was a Publisher and Board Director at William Heinemann when they published Spycatcher by Peter Wright and a Publisher at Virgin when he published Death On The Rock by Roger Bolton. He moved into independent television production and produced documentaries for BBC, ITV and C4 before becoming first, head of WireTV, a cable only television station, and then was Director of The Computer Channel at BSkyB which he created.

In Parliament, Derek spent eight years and one year respectively on the Culture, Media & Sport and Public Accounts committees. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the DCMS. 

He has an active interest in internet matters sending his first email in 1992! In 2000, he founded the Oxford Internet Institute (www.oii.ox.ac.uk) and helped raise £15m to fund it. In 2007, he created the UK's first Digital Day with UK Online Centres (repeated in 2008 and agreed for 2009). He has won four national IT awards since 2006. He has spent time at Samsung in Korea, RIM in Waterloo, Apple in Cupertino, Microsoft in Seattle and Motorola in Chicago; he is also a regular visitor to Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.

By the by, he chairs four all party groups and is deputy chairman of The Speaker's Works of Arts committee. He has a real interest in Foreign Policy and was on the executive board of CAABU from 2007-09 (www.caabu.org.uk). He has visited both China and India where he has headed up the UKIERI (www.ikieri.org) programme for IT. He is also on the International Board of Whistling Woods in Bollywood.

Derek is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Royal Society of Arts, the Industry & Parliament Trust and a Freeman of the City of London.

He chaired and then floated Einstein, a science television channel on the Aim market. He was asked to find a buyer for Spafax Ltd and then when he accomplished that he then chaired it for three years.

In what seems another life, Derek played rugby union for Oxford University, the Barbarians and England. He was awarded a Special Commendation by the UNO in helping to stop the British Lions tour to South Africa in 1985. He has written five books, has a small collection of Czech art and another of British political cartoons. In his spare time he loves jazz, architecture, reading, travelling, supporting Charlton Athletic and sipping the odd glass of white wine.  



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