Derek West

I was raised in and around Toronto after my family moved to Canada from Lancashire. I have only been a Club member for a couple of years, but the NLC had long been my favourite reciprocal club when visiting London. I was honoured to be appointed Chair of the Board when Jamie Sharpley stood down in 2022.

My partner and I moved here after 22 years in Chicago, where I once campaigned door-to-door for our state senator, one Barack Obama, when he ran for the US Senate. I became a naturalised US citizen and was able to cast my first vote for a President Obama a few years later.

For most of my career, I was a financial market regulator and now work in the City for a market utility. I co-chair my company’s global LGBTQ employee resource group, and am an active LibDem supporter in Battersea.

I look forward to contributing as Chair of the Board of Directors. The current evolution of the NLC, its range of facilities and expanding membership will provide no shortage of exciting projects. (Derek joined the Club in 2018 and became Chair of the Board in 2022)