Derek most commonly known as ‘Smokey’ served onboard HMS Intrepid as a POMEM(M) during the Falklands War.
After leaving the Royal Navy in 1996, after serving 25 years, he set up his own Entertainment Agency. During that time he worked with several well-known celebrities and has always kept close links with the military. He is an Ambassador of the British Forces Foundation.
Smokey has arranged several Falkland Reunions in Gosport and was also highly involved in the organisation of ‘Falklands 25’ in London.
Smokey was nominated as the CEO of the Falklands Veterans Foundation in 2002 due to his passion in ensuring that the Liberty Lodge Project came to fruition. He has also been a Trustee of SAMA82 since 2008.
Disclaimer: Vice Chairman Profile written & submitted by Mr Derek “Smokey” Cole