John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services at ABTA, pays tribute:
"We were very sad to hear the news of Ian Derbyshire's passing.
Ian was a very well respected industry figure, who I worked with on the Executive Board of Thomas Cook in 2007-2009. Ian also worked with Co-op Travelcare and Holiday Autos.
Ian was an industry leader who served on the ABTA Board from 2003-2007 and for a period on the Code of Conduct Committee of the Association.
He was a strong retailer and tour operator, a tough commercial trader, but a fair and well respected family man.
Our thoughts are with his family."