Derek was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and graduated with a B.S.C (Hons.) Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1981. He then joined GEC Large Electrical Machines Limited in Rugby. After 3 years working in the Fundamental Development Team, he was appointed to the position of Section Leader A.C Machine Design and subsequently became Engineering Director for Large Electrical Machines, Rugby.
In 1999, Derek was appointed as Technical Director for the Company’s Motors and Generators businesses world-wide, working out of the Company’s machine’s business in Nancy, France. Derek studied part-time at the University of Warwick and graduated with a M.Sc. Degree in Engineering Business Management, specialising in Technology Management in 2003. Derek was appointed to the position of Director Technology, Converteam Northern Europe in 2004 and in May 2012, was appointed to the position of Executive Leader – Systems & Projects Engineering.
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