Colin Smith CBE was appointed as Director – Engineering & Technology in 2005, when he also became a member of the Board of Rolls-Royce.
His roles immediately prior to this appointment were the Director of Research & Technology and Director of Engineering & Technology for Civil Aerospace.
Colin joined Rolls-Royce as an undergraduate apprentice in 1974. Following graduation in Mechanical Engineering he worked in a number of roles including Chief Engineer on helicopters and subsequently the Trent 700 and Trent 500.
Colin is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was a Royal Academy Silver Medal winner in 2002. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Strathclyde in June 2007, an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Southampton in July 2008 and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Loughborough University in July 2010. He is Chairman of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.
Colin was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2012.