Councillor George Derbyshire
Elected Member of Watford Borough Council
George Derbyshire has lived on the Cassiobury Estate in Watford for 23 years.
After graduating from the LSE in law, George joined the BBC and spent 14 years there in a variety of management roles, including four years in Television News. His last job there was as Organiser, Schools Television.
In 1978 George was appointed Director of Administration at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican, a position he held for 11 years. In 1989 George was invited to go to Hong Kong to work alongside a former Guildhall colleague as Deputy Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. This conservatoire-type institution trained local Hong Kong students who were aiming for professional careers as performers or support professionals in music, dance, drama and film/television.
On returning to the UK in 1997, George retired from full-time employment. He undertook consultancy assignments from time to time in the fields of management and the performing arts. He also become a voluntary certificated Generalist Adviser with Citizens Advice and advised two half-days a week at the Watford Citizens Advice Bureau in St Mary’s Churchyard for 8 years from 2002 to 2010.
George is an elected Member of Watford Borough Council. He was elected in 2004 and is a member of the majority Liberal Democrat Group. He was re-elected for a second four year term in 2008. He is chair of the Chief Officers Pay Panel, vice-chair of the Development Control Committee and a member of the Licensing Committee and the Budget Panel.
George joined the Watford Palace Board of Directors in June 2010 and is also a member of the Watford Palace Bar Company Board.