Member of the Communications Policy Panel
Sir David Brown began his career in telecommunications and electronics after graduating in electrical engineering in 1972. His first employer was the Plessey Company, where he worked on defence projects.
In 1976, he moved to STC's research centre at Harlow to work in the field of advanced data switching. He remained with the company for some 15 years, during which time it acquired ICL and was acquired by Northern Telecom. His career with STC, ICL and Northern Telecom included senior positions in software engineering, marketing and general management.
He joined Motorola in 1991 as Director of UK Operations in its cellular infrastructure business. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Motorola Limited in 1994 and was Chairman from 1997 to 2008.
He is Chairman of the British Standards Institution, Chairman of DRS Data & Research Services plc, non-executive director of Domino Printing Sciences plc and of TTG Global Group Ltd. His previous non-executive directorships have included P&O, Ceres Power Holdings 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 (now The IET), 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 is a member of the Court of Cranfield University.
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.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Kingston, Portsmouth and Surrey, is a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University, and was awarded the Mountbatten Medal for his leadership contributions to electronics.
He was Knighted in 2001 for services to British Industry.