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Dr Colin Brown

Chief Executive (Interim)


Colin Brown joined the Institution in May 2005 as Engineering Director, to support our work in responding to the key engineering challenges of this and subsequent generations. He is a thought leader on engineering, and is keen to work with the membership to gain consensus and set the agenda on the societal issues of the day.

After completing his first degree and PhD at Cambridge, Colin spent five years at Rolls-Royce working on life assessment techniques for jet engines and nuclear power plant. With a materials and fracture mechanics background, he first qualified as a Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Metals.

In 1985 he joined BP and took on roles that transformed him from a technical specialist into a business generalist. Always keeping a strong link with engineering and manufacturing, he has worked in many locations around the world. His business interests have been in composite materials, dynamic seals, metal refining and ultrasonic inspection. He also had a spell running the T&N Research Centre at Cawston subsequent to its acquisition by Federal Mogul.

His wide experience in research and commercial roles, as well as his experience of working with the membership over the last 13 years, gives Colin a useful perspective on his new role. He has a strong belief in the ability of all members to add value and to play a significant role in developing the profile and prestige of being a professional engineer.