CV for Dr D T Swift-Hook



PhD, MA, MSc, EurIng, CEng, FIET, CSci, FEI, CPhys, FInstP, CMath, FIMA, MIoD,

Bourne Place, Horsell Common Road,
WOKING, Surrey  GU21  4XX, UK
Tel 07921 153902 / Fax 08458 604 234
British nationality,  born in London  11.02.32. Married

Education and Academic Experience

He was educated at University College School, London  and held an open Exhibition at Trinity College Cambridge where he obtained an honours degree in Mathematics and Engineering.

Later he took an MSc in Mathematics at London University (part time).  He lectured at MSc level at Chelsea College (now part of Kings College London), The Polytechnic (now Westminster University), Northern Polytechnic (now London Met. University) Northampton Polytechnic (now City University) and elsewhere.

He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University on the basis of his research publications in plasmas and gas discharges and he has numerous other publications, particularly in the field of renewable energy (see attached list).

He served on the SERC Physics Committee and Laser Panel. He was a Visiting Professor at Kings College London for 20 years, on the Departmental Advisory Board of the Department of Electronics at Surrey University  and is a Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London.

He has acted as external supervisor and/or examiner for PhDs and MScs at Cambridge, Oxford, IC, KCL, QMC, Warwick, Surrey, Leeds, Reading, Hull, Southampton, Bath, OU and others.

Technical and Business Experience.

He was a Lieutenant, Royal Signals during his National Service in the Army and later worked for 4½ years at the Research Laboratories of the General Electric Company developing microwave valves.

He then moved to the Central Electricity Generating Board where he became Head of a Research Division.  During his time with the CEGB, he led research projects on high voltage dc transmission, magnetohydrodynamic power generation, long spark breakdown, remote sensing, environmental measurements, optical fibres in transmission line earth wires (which laid the foundation for ENERGIS plc), laser welding, wave power and wind power. He was responsible for Recruitment and Technical Assessment Panels (career progression) of all research Physicists and Mathematicians,  about 600 staff.

He left the CEGB to establish his own family business in the healthcare sector which he built up to be worth £8.5M with 60 staff before he sold the business.  He is a Member of the Institute of Directors, and provides Energy and Engineering Consultancy through Swift-Hook Associates.

Professional Service and Qualifications

He is a European Engineer  (holding the Eur Ing qualification) and has served on many national and international professional groups, committees and working parties including EC, IUPAP, RS and many UK professional bodies.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IEE (now IET).  He was elected a Member of their Council, he became Chairman of the Science, Education and Technology Division and of the Professional Groups on Gas Discharges and on Novel Methods of Generation etc. He  represented the IEE on numerous Committees, including the Watt Committee for Energy and the Interdisciplinary Committee,  chaired by Prof John Allen,  and he edited the Proceedings of the IEE (Pt A) as well as the IEE Energy Series of Books.

He is a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy (now the Energy Institute) of which he was elected a Member of Council and served on many Committees.  In the Society of Chemical Industry, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Electrotechnology Group and Chaired the Energy Panel.

He is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.  He was elected a Member of  Council and served on the Electronics Group and the Plasma Physics Group and many other Committees; in particular he set up and chaired the Working Party responsible for awarding  Membership and Chartered status to Mature Physicists. He served on the Physics Panel of the then Science Research Council awarding grant to Universities and Polytechnics.

He is, a Chartered Mathematician and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Renewable Energy

For the last 30 years, he has led renewable energy projects in the CEGB, IEA, IEE, Watt Committee for Energy, World Renewable Energy Congress and others.

He has Chaired and participated in organising many national and international Conferences.  While he was Chairman of the British Wind Energy Association, he set up the European Wind Energy Association and subsequently acted as their Honorary Treasurer.

He represented the UK in the International Energy Agency on Wind Energy Agreements and led (as Operating Agent)  major international research projects (or Annexes) on Off-Shore Wind Power, Wakes & Clusters, etc.

He is a Director and Secretary of the World Renewable Energy Network which has organised successive World Renewable Energy Congresses since 1990. He teaches in an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering at Kingston University London.