A career in academia: Cambridge and Nottingham Universities, Imperial College London, 10 years as Vice Chancellor at Aston University. 8 years in industry in senior engineering and manufacturing roles at Rolls-Royce plc (aerospace, marine, energy and defence business). Now a crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Advisor to Government as Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the CCC. Chair of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, and of STEM Learning Ltd. Non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Prime Minister's Low Carbon Business Ambassador. Lead the King Review of Low Carbon Cars in 2008 for HM Treasury. Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society.