Derek Wyatt has had several different careers. He taught History for ten years, then paused to spend a year at Oxford University thinking (some evidence), writing (The Times & The Observer), speaking (Oxford Union) and playing rugby (gaining a Blue in the centenary Varsity match).
He then continued writing - seven books to date - whilst beginning again in publishing (quite successful), then with a couple of independent television production companies writing and producing for BBC, C4 and ITV (not bad) and finally ended up running Wire TV, a cable station, before starting dot.tv on BSkyB, the first family computer channel.
He was blissfully happy at Sky until he was whisked away by the electorate in the life-changing General Election of 1997 winning the seat of Sittingbourne & Sheppey for Labour. He kept his hand in media whilst an MP, floating Einstein on Aim and busying himself in the new media space. He stood down in 2010 having served in the DCMS and the FCO and on two select committees. He also won four national IT awards and founded the Oxford Internet Institute.
He is now chairman of Trinity Hospice, Clapham and sits on the board at Crowdbnk. He is a Patron of RIBA, a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.