Media Release: SCDI Annual Lecture 2016 – keynote speaker announced

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THE 2016 SCDI Annual Lecture will be delivered by Dame Ann Dowling DBE to an audience of 300 invited guests in Aberdeen on Tuesday 19 January 2016.

One of the most prestigious events in the North-east business calendar, this will be the 12th annual lecture delivered by SCDI since the event’s inception in 2004.

SCDI’s NE regional director, Ian Armstrong, commented: “We are delighted to have attracted Dame Ann to Aberdeen to deliver the SCDI Lecture.

“As a BP board member, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University, she has a tremendous career with a wealth of UK and international experience from which to draw and will I am sure deliver a fascinating Lecture.”

Dame Ann Dowling DBE is president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14 and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce 2001-14. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech in the USA.

Professor Dowling’s research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars.

A fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dame Ann is also a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences.

She is an honorary fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers, and has honorary degrees from Oxford University, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Kent and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Having served on a number of industry and government advisory committees, Dame Ann Dowling DBE is a non-executive director of BP plc, is a member of their Safety, Ethics & Environment Assurance Committee, and chairs their Remuneration and Technical Advisory Committees.

She is also a non-executive member of the board of the UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science & Technology and is chairing a review for BIS on enhancing strategic research collaborations between universities and businesses for the benefit of the UK.

She was appointed CBE by HM The Queen for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

Notes to editors:

The SCDI Annual Lecture was established in 2004 as one of SCDI’s key events in Scotland and has been held in Aberdeen yearly since.

Previous speakers have included Paul Walsh, (then) chief executive, Diageo plc; Peter Robertson, (then) vice-chair, Chevron Corporation; Lord Smith of Kelvin, (then) chair of SSE and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee; Samir Brikho, chief executive, AMEC plc; Dr Marcus Richards, Oil & Gas industry leader and formerly group CEO, Dana Petroleum plc and senior vice-president, BP. The 2015 Lecture was given by Mark Carne, chief executive, Network Rail.

Dame Anne Dowling DBE will deliver the SCDI Annual Lecture 2016 at Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen.

* SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) was founded in 1931. In 2015, SCDI marks 50 years of having offices in both Aberdeen and Inverness. Further info can be accessed here:<>

* SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is Scotland’s leading independent economic development organisation working across the public, private and social economy sectors, representing 1,200 organisations including global corporate companies, SMEs, public sector bodies and educational institutions, professional associations and trade unions, faith groups, charitable and social economy sector organisations.

For further information, please contact:
Ian Armstrong, SCDI NE regional director on T: 07824 619328

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