Non-executive board member

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE


Professor Dame Ann Dowling is a non-executive board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Ann is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering from 2009 to 2014. She ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce from 2001 to 2014.

Ann is a non-executive director of BP. She has served on a number of industry and government advisory committees and chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology.

She was appointed CBE by the Queen for services to mechanical engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to science in 2007.

Non-executive board member

The main responsibilities of non-executive board members are to:

  • attend meetings of the departmental board, chaired by the Secretary of State
  • advise on strategy, performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the department
  • provide independent scrutiny for the department on request
  • work with executives and their teams to continue to improve the performance of the department

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive board member, BIS

    • 2014 to 2016