Chief Executive Officer

Professor David Knowles

Professor David Knowles FREng
Chief Executive Officer

David joined the Henry Royce Institute as CEO in February 2019. He brings a wealth of experience from a number of senior academic and industrial positions.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy. Prior to joining Royce, David was a Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Bristol University and Co-Director of the South-West Nuclear Hub and Atkins Fellow. David led the collaboration between higher education and industry to accelerate energy sector-related research, knowledge transfer and implementation. Previously, David was the lead for materials research at Shell Global Solutions and served as CTO at Quest Integrity working throughout Australasia and SE Asia.

In recent years David has led industrial projects related to design and assessment of renewable energy offshore structures and nuclear plants. He holds and participates in a number of EPSRC/Innovate grants and also leads the EDF Energy High Temperature Centre.