Derek Casey was born and educated in Scotland in the United Kingdom. Formerly the Chief Executive of the UK Sports Council and Sport England, Derek had responsibility for the establishment of the Sports Lottery Fund in the UK. This included the construction of community and national facilities and the personalised funding and support in the fields of sports medicine, science and coaching. Until 9th November 2007 he was Bid Director and successful in bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games – the second largest multi-sports event in the world – to Glasgow in Scotland. He has held numerous international offices. Among others, Derek has been the Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Development of Sport, a member of the IOC’s Anti-doping Committee and the Co-Chair of the International Working Group on Drug Abuse in Sport. He has been and remains adviser on sports policy and development in several countries. He has just stepped down after eight years as Chair of UK Youth which provides a variety of opportunities for, often disaffected, young people to participate in non-formal education opportunities. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the World Leisure Organisation which advises the United Nations on developments in such areas as sport, recreation, tourism and related issues. He holds several non-Executive Director positions in a range of different organisations. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Southampton, University of Strathclyde and University of Stirling in the UK. Honorary Fellowship from the University of Stirling and is a guest professor to Universities in several countries. He has recently been elected as a Senior Fellow of the American Leisure Academy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is the author of numerous reports and papers on all aspects of sport, leisure and recreation including the economics of major events, venues development, school sport and policy formulation.