Derek Spice

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Inspired Education Pty Ltd and Spirit of Childhood Foundation Ltd

Sold businesses in the UK in 1996 to educate 3 children in Australia


Telephone 0418 668 414
Mobile 0418 668 414
Address 1984 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Mullumbimby


Photo .. Inverting my racing Austin A40 at Brands Hatch UK Boxing day 1964 attracted the attention of the Times newspaper.

Education.. English, Expensive and according to tutors largely ineffective... From 1959 to 1968 With father W. G.Spice traded Cocoa on the London terminal market travelling widely and becoming involved with cocoa processing factories in UK, Ghana and Brazil. Sold business (W.G Spice and Co Ltd) to London City interests in 1968. In 1969, having fallen foul of the law in the UK , Spice left to lead Safarisound discotheque expedition overland.. direction Australia. Disco equipment was sold to Oberoi Intercontinental, Delhi in May '70. Arrived Australia August '70. Met 1st Australian wife at the Melbourne Cup races.

(1971) Back in UK became founding Director and shareholder of Gordon Spice Ltd trading in car accessories and parts. Also built racing cars at Silverstone premises which, generally being driven by brother, Gordon, successfully competed in long distance sports car races such as Le Mans. This company was floated on the London Stock Exchange as Spice PLC in March 1986 with sales of £15M per year. Contemporaneously Spice met present partner, Jane Hanckel, in the the Sydney Opera House.

(1989) Founded Sunshine of Africa Ltd with Jane Hanckel to pioneer Cocoa Shell as a Garden Mulch. Administration was from the Isle of Wight but the operational centre was York UK using shell from the Nestlé factory. This cocoa shell was packed nearby and shipped to garden centres throughout the UK.. In 1996 Spice and Hanckel sold this business with sales of £1.5M to move to Australia looking for educational choices for their young family. This has lead to establishing and developing social initiatives through Inspired Education Pty Ltd and Spirit of Childhood Foundation Ltd.

Thus far the initiatives have been in early parent child relationships and the importance of natural environments for young children. A 3 part television series based on Hanckel and Spice’s research is now being considered for a television production.

Career Highlights

United Kingdom

1958. Competition skiing in British Army 1958.

1959/69 Director of Cocoa trading and processing business started in 1959 and sold in 1968.

1969/70 Leader of Safarisound overland safari discotheque. Sold to Oberoi Intercontinental Hotel in Delhi 1970.

1971/86 Director and founder of Motor parts aftermarket company, Spice PLC, floated on London Exchange in 1986.

1989/97 Pioneered use of Cocoa Shell branded 'Sunshine of Africa' as garden Mulch. Business sold 1996.


1997/to date . Initiatives in early childhood/parent education which are now a basis for a proposed screen production.

Production Credits



Age 75 years or older
Indigenous No
Membership Type Emerging Professional

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