Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: appointed 3 February 2012

Board and committee activities:
Chair of the remuneration committee; member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, nomination and chairman's committees

Outside interests:
President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Deputy vice-chancellor and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge
Member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology
Non-executive director of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)

Age: 63

Nationality: British


Dame Ann Dowling is a deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she was appointed a professor of mechanical engineering in the department of engineering in 1993. She was head of the department of engineering at the University of Cambridge from 2009 to 2014. Her research is in fluid mechanics, acoustics and combustion, and she has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech. She was appointed director of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce in 2001, and chairman in 2009. Between 2003 and 2008 she chaired the Rolls-Royce propulsion and power systems advisory board and now chairs BP’s technical advisory committee.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. She has honorary degrees from nine universities, including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

She was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2014. In December 2015 she was appointed to the Order of Merit, which is in the sole gift of the Queen and limited to just 24 members.

Relevant experience and skills

Dame Ann Dowling is an internationally respected leader in engineering research and the practical application of new technology in industry. The department of engineering at Cambridge University that she led is one of the leading centres for engineering research worldwide, and her contribution has been widely recognized by universities around the world. She chairs BP’s technical advisory committee and makes a significant contribution to the work of the SEEAC.

Dame Ann became chair of the remuneration committee in 2015 and has spent time with key shareholders to ensure comprehensive consideration to the work of the committee.

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