The Team


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Prof. David Williams CEng. FIMechE, Director

David has been involved in the hydropower sector for 42 years. He trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked for Gilkes from Student Apprentice to Manager of the Hydropower Department. He later moved into export promotion setting up and managing a regional office for South Asia and Southeast Asia, based in Malaysia.

From 2000 he was seconded to UKTI (UK Government trade support department) as Hydropower Export Promoter. He then moved to the British Hydropower Association as its Chief Executive until the end of 2014. David is engaged as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh where he runs an annual ten-week inter-disciplinary group course on the design of a hydro scheme as part of the MEng degree programme. He also delivers the hydropower component of the Sustainable Energy MSc course.

CONTACT:  David by e-mail or call him on his mobile - +44 (0) 7733301990
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Gordon Black, BSc. MBA, Director

Gordon and his business partner Nick Forrest founded babyHydro in 2008. The business is exclusively focused on designing and developing run-of-river hydropower schemes for landowners and communities across Scotland. It has installed schemes from 10kW to 500kW and has recently expanded its range to include pico hydropower solutions.  

Prior to this Gordon spent 27 years working with British Telecom, mainly in London and Cambridge, in a variety of roles including marketing, sales, product management and bid management. His final role, before returning to Scotland, was in the BT Laboratories where he was Business Development Manager for the company’s corporate incubator, BT Brightstar.  He has an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Strathclyde University and a MBA in Strategic Marketing.

CONTACT:  Gordon by e-mail or call him on his mobile -  +44 (0) 7736 554276
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Ellan Campbell-Swann, Associate 

Ellan is a communications & events specialist with fourteen years’ experience in the hydropower sector. Combining a wealth of professional experience, commercial know-how and creative thinking to deliver exceptional results, she works closely with the British Hydropower Association and a number of companies and organisations in the international hydro industry. 

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