Baroness Brown is an engineer. An academic career at Cambridge University led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc. Returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at Imperial College, she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 – 2016.
Her current interests include climate change mitigation and the low carbon economy. She serves as: Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change; non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy. She was non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank, led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008), and is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.
She is passionate about education and engineering: she was a member of the Browne Review on university funding and Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework. She now chairs STEM Learning Ltd., a not-for-profit company delivering science teacher continuing professional development, and the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. In 2015 she was made The Baroness Brown of Cambridge. She is a crossbench Peer, and a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.