Founder, Director and Trustee
Working in, or visiting, over 120 countries provided fun and adventure but also brought home a realisation of the needs and hopes of the many communities he travelled through.
When it was time to settle down, Derek co-founded Explore, one of the world’s leading adventure travel companies and for two decades was Operations Director, planning and operating tours to over 100 countries.
Explore was sold after twenty years, and since then Derek has split his time between several roles. He served 14 years as Chairman of AITO, the Specialist Travel Association and now continues a Deputy Chairman; he also presents seminars and runs training courses for several Tourist Boards covering the UK specialist travel market; and he is a partner at D&M Travel Design – a luxury adventure website.
Away from travel, Derek’s hobbies include music and golf, although he claims that accuracy is a feature of neither. Derek was awarded the Order of Isabela Catolica by King Juan Carlos of Spain, for services to Spanish tourism and received a Lifetime Contribution to Adventure Travel Award at the Adventure Travel Conference in 2017.
Setting up and funding the Derek Moore Foundation seemed a way to give something back to the world of travel that has given him so much.