Colin Smith




Member of the Board of Directors

Appointed 2018


During a career spanning more than 40 years with Rolls Royce, Colin P. Smith has progressed up the career ladder to become a world-class authority in aerospace Engineering and Technology. He started with Rolls Royce in 1974 as undergraduate apprentice and took on many consecutive Engineering and Technology functions of increasingly broader scope and responsibility. He was appointed Director of Research and Technology in 2004 and Director of Engineering and Technology in 2005, before he became Group President of Rolls Royce in 2016.

Mr Smith also built a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles. Amongst others, he was a Member of the Rolls Royce Power Systems Supervisory Board in Germany and is Chairman of the Aerospace Growth Partnership Board, a strategic partnership between government and industry to secure the future of the UK aerospace industry.

Colin Smith graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Honours Degree from the University of Southampton, UK. He was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012. Mr Smith is also Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (HonFRAeS), Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), Fellow of the Royal Society Frs and a Member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.
 
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