Derek Redmond

Professor Adrian FurnhamIan Florance

Derek Redmond enjoyed a long and successful athletics career during the 1980s and 1990s which saw him break the British 400m record twice. He was a prominent member of the British 4 x 400m relay squad that won gold at the 1991 World Championships, the 1986 European Championships and the Commonwealth Games of the same year.

He is perhaps best remembered for an incident during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics 400m semi-final; even President Barack Obama once referred directly to Derek’s perseverance on the day as a prime example of the Olympic ideal. 

Having been a motivational speaker for 17 years, Derek joined Thomas in October 2014 as Group Performance Director to support all three sectors of the Thomas business. He regularly shares his story to inspire a wide demographic of people and through his mantra of “sport is a business, business is a sport”, Derek brings his background values and principles to the corporate world. His role focuses on internal development and the training team, however he still regularly speaks at Thomas events. Derek pushes himself to achieve success through positivity and hard work; feeling laziness and lack of ownership hinders the achieving of goals.

A father of 4, Derek lives in Northamptonshire with his wife. Coming from the world of sport, he likes to keep fit through kick-boxing and also races motorbikes. A fun fact about Derek is that he can complete a Rubik’s cube in under 90 seconds!