Derek Lindars, HR Director
Derek had previously served as a musician in the Royal Marines Band Service. On leaving the Royal Marines, he gained a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from South Bank University and worked as an HR and Training adviser for a large food manufacturing company. In 2003, he joined Avante Care & Support as Human Resources Manager and adviser on health and safety. In 2005, he was appointed Head of HR and Executive Director of the organisation’s subsidiary training company, which provided learning and development for Avante and other social care providers as well as managing publicly funded contracts for the benefit of the Kent and Medway social care sector. In 2008, Derek was appointed Director of HR. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, holds a NEBOSH H&S qualification and is a member of the British Psychological Society, qualified to administer and assess psychometric tests. Derek is also an executive board member of the trade association, the Kent Integrated Care Alliance and vice chairman of the Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust.