Lord Browne is Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, an investment firm specialising in the oil and gas sector. From 1995 to 2007 he was Group Chief Executive of BP plc. He has degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Stanford University in the US. He is the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member and Chairman of the Trustees of Tate. Education was a central theme of his Presidency of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006-2011) and Lord Browne also chaired the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance for the UK Government in 2010.

He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. His memoirs, Beyond Business, were published 2010, while his most recent book Seven Elements that Have Changed the World was published in April 2013.