The Council of The Royal Academy of Engineering decided at its meeting on 17 October to nominate Lord Browne of Madingley FREng, Group Chief Executive of BP plc, for election as Academy President for the period 2006-2011. His appointment is subject to a vote by the Academy’s Fellowship at its AGM in July 2006. If elected, Lord Browne would succeed the current President, Lord Broers FREng FRS, who will have reached the end of his five year term.

Acknowledged as one of Britain’s most successful and influential business leaders, Lord Browne has steered BP to its current position as one of the world’s largest energy companies. Like many of Britain’s top industrial leaders, Lord Browne is an engineer, whose eminence in the profession led to him being elected a fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1993. Six years later, he was awarded the Academy’s highest accolade, the Prince Philip Medal, in recognition of his engineering achievements.

“I am honoured to have been nominated to be the next President of the UK’s national academy of engineering,” says Lord Browne. “If elected, I look forward to building on the many achievements of Alec Broers and to developing further the Academy’s impact. Engineering, science and technology are central to delivering long term economic progress within the UK.”

Current President, Lord Broers – this year’s BBC Reith Lecturer and Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee – welcomed the nomination of Lord Browne. “John Browne is a visionary through whose efforts we have seen how engineering helps deliver improved quality of life and wealth creation. His election as President would provide a great opportunity for the Academy to take another step forward”.

Notes for editors

  1. Lord Browne is a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs and the Intel Corporation. He is Emeritus Chairman of the Advisory Board of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Institute of Management Studies, a Trustee of the Cambridge Foundation and a member of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors. He is a member of the Board of Catalyst, Director of Conservation International, Chairman of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and Global Counsellor of the Conference Board Inc. He is Vice President of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders’ Forum, a member of British American Business Inc. and an Honorary Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

    2001-2006 Lord Broers FREng FRS
    1996-2001 Sir David Davies CBE FREng FRS
    1991-1996 Sir William Barlow FREng
    1986-1991 Sir Denis Rooke OM CBE FRS FREng
    1981-1986 Viscount Caldecote KBE DSC DL FREng
    1976-1981 Lord Hinton of Bankside OM KBE FREng FRS

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