Independent non-executive director
Tenure: Appointed 3 February 2012 Board and committee activities: Member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance 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, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Non-executive director of Smiths Group plc Age: 65 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 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 chairs BP’s technical advisory council. Dame Ann is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. She has honorary degrees from 15 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 and in December 2015 was appointed to the Order of Merit.
Relevant skills and experience
Dame Ann is an internationally respected leader in engineering research and the practical application of new technology in industry. Her contribution in these fields has been widely recognized by universities around the world. Her academic background provides balance to the board and brings a different perspective to the SEEAC and nomination committee. Dame Ann became chair of the remuneration committee in 2015. Following an extensive consultation, a revised remuneration policy was approved by shareholders at the 2017 AGM. This was a direct result of Dame Ann’s leadership of the committee. Dame Ann handed the chair of the committee to Paula Reynolds after the 2018 AGM.