Don Swift-Hook
Don Swift-Hook

MA MSc PhD Eur Ing CEng FIET CSci FEI CPhys FInstP CMath FIMA MIoD FRSA M 1965, F 1968
Retired, Woking, United Kingdom

Nominated by C Reg Russell, C W Turner, J Baylis, J E Allen, Lim Yew Kee, S E Maloney, A A Sayigh, C W Davidson, A Pitcher, A Barnes.



I believe that all members of the Institution should be able to join a group covering their own specialist technical area.  The IEE had 63 Professional Groups to cover electrical engineering but there are now only 24 Technical Professional Networks.  I will continue the campaign I started on Council last year to create many more TPNs. This will attract more academics and top experts to the IET; twice as many academics go to the IEEE at present.

My unusually wide experience on my web-site and my past service to the Institution will enable me to press effectively for such developments. I have chaired the Science, Education and Technology Divisional Board, 2 Professional Groups (S1 and S3) and 3 major International IEE Conferences.  I have served on many other Boards and Committees. I was Editor of IEE Proceedings (Pt A) and the Energy Series of Books (now Energy & Power) for 10 years.  After National Service, which led to the rank of Captain, Royal Signals, and microwave research with GEC, I joined the Central Electricity Generating Board and became head of a Research Division.  On privatisation, I left to establish my own private healthcare business and I am a Member of the Institute of Directors.  I was also Visiting Professor at Kings College London for 20 years and am Secretary of the World Renewable Energy Network, organising 16 World Renewable Energy Congresses since 1990.  Most of my publications (around 125) concern renewables.

I will also try to halt the loss of Fellows and senior members at Director level by encouraging activities which everyone can enjoy but which they are more likely to find affordable.

I am not an ‘insider’ nominated eg by the Trustees but an ‘independent’. I hope to bring a breath of fresh air to the Board.