Derek Gannon


Comic Relief director Derek Gannon


Derek Gannon joined Comic Relief in the role of Chief Operating Officer in September 2013 after a long and successful career at Guardian News and Media, where he was their first ever COO.

Derek’s role at Guardian News and Media involved working on a number of major change programmes including transitioning The Guardian from a broadsheet to a Berliner format, directing operations of their award-winning websites and setting in place an ongoing digital transformation of the whole business.

As COO at Comic Relief, he is responsible for our continued operational excellence and makes sure we remain sustainable. Derek leads our strategy, planning, budgeting and resourcing processes. He unites our support functions, like Finance, HR, Legal and Technology, and shepherds cross-organisational initiatives. He ensures that our ways of working are effective and in line with Comic Relief’s strategic objectives and priorities.