Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FRS FREng

Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, was Chair of the Henry Royce Institute and is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. She is also Deputy Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change, chairing its Adaptation Committee, Chair of The Carbon Trust, a Non-Executive Director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and a Council member of Innovate UK.

After 16 years as an academic researcher and University lecturer in materials at Cambridge and Nottingham Universities, Baroness Brown joined Rolls-Royce Plc in 1994, where she held several senior positions including Head of Materials, Managing Director of the Fan Systems business and Engineering Director of the Marine business. In 2002 she became CEO of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 was appointed Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College London.

Baroness Brown was Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 – 2016. Under her leadership, Aston cemented its position as one of the UK’s leading universities for business and the professions.

Her academic research includes over 160 papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials and developments in aerospace and marine propulsion.

Baroness Brown is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. She was awarded a CBE for services to materials engineering and a DBE for services to education and technology. In 2015 she was elevated to the Peerage as a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, stepped down from the role of Chair at the Henry Royce Institute in December 2021