Lord Browne of Madingley, FRS, FREng holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities, and numerous honorary degrees and fellowships.
He joined BP in 1966, was appointed to the board in 1992 and was group chief executive from 1995 - 2007. He has served on the boards of Intel, DaimlerChrysler, Goldman Sachs and SmithKline Beecham.
He is presently chairman of L1 Energy, the chairman of the trustees of both Tate and the QEII Prize for Engineering and chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. He serves on a variety of other advisory boards.