Derek Walker has been CEO of the Wales Co-operative Centre since 2011. During this time, the Centre has strengthened its position as a leading development body for social enterprises and co-operatives in the UK and helped to stimulate significant growth within the Welsh social economy. Between 2014 and 2019 the social enterprise sector in Wales grew by £1.4 billion, creating valuable services and 17,000 new jobs.
The Wales Co-operative Centre has become a go-to organisation for work to strengthen communities and promote inclusion. For instance, between 2014 and 2019 the Centre supported 67,000 people to use the internet for the first time and gain new digital skills.
Derek has overseen a programme of modernisation, income diversification and sustainable growth. Derek is a member of a number of strategic committees, such as the Council for Economic Development. Derek is also a board member of Cadwyn Housing Association. Prior to working at WCC Derek worked as Head of External Affairs at the Big Lottery Fund (Wales), as Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Wales TUC and set up Stonewall’s first office in Wales.