Derek Swannick is representing the Royal Meteorological Society on the EMS Council since October 2023.
Derek is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and currently its General Secretary and a member of its Council. He has been a member of the RMetS Professional Accreditation Board since 2008 including a period as its Chair, and also Vice-President of RMetS.
He served in the Royal Navy for 33 years and specialised as a military meteorologist and oceanographer, commanding both the UK’s Fleet Weather and Oceanography Centre and Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography Training Group. He spent three years assigned as the Military Liaison Officer to the UK Met Office where activities included extending the use of tactical decision aids, ensemble forecasting and Open Geospatial Consortium standards in UK and International military sectors. Before retiring from military service, he headed the UK Geospatial Intelligence Programme, PICASSO, providing the IT infrastructure and data for meteorological, oceanographic, hydrographic, imagery, geographic and aeronautical systems and services.