Sir David Brown
Bynum Tudor Fellow,
BSc (Portsmouth), CEng, FREng, Hon FIET, Hon FCQI, CCMI
Sir David Brown graduated in electrical engineering before pursuing a career in telecommunications and electronics which culminated in the Chairmanship of Motorola Ltd, one of the biggest electronics companies in the UK, from 1997 to 2008. Today he is Chairman of the British Standards Institution and a non-executive director of Simoco Wireless Solutions Ltd. His previous non-executive directorships have included P&O, Ceres Power Holdings plc, Domino Printing Sciences plc, DRS Data & Research Services plc and the University for Industry.
Sir David is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; a Chartered Engineer and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute; and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute. He was President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, President of the Chartered Quality Institute and President of the Federation of the Electronics Industry.
His interests include the promotion of links between engineering and education. He was twice an IEE Faraday Lecturer and was President of the Association for Science Education, the professional body for Britain’s science teachers. He was the Bynum Tudor Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford in 2007.
He was Chairman of the University for Industry Design and Implementation Advisory Group. He served for six years as a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board, and was Vice‑Chairman of the Board of UK Trade and Investment. He was Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Health Service Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation, and was Chairman of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. Sir David was also made Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust in 2019.
He has Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Kingston, Portsmouth and Surrey and was awarded the Mountbatten Medal for his leadership contributions to electronics.
He was Knighted in 2001 for services to British Industry.