Julia King is appointed to the House of Lords

15 October 2015

The Institute of Physics’ former chief executive, Professor Dame Julia King, has been appointed to the House of Lords.

Julia King

King, who was chief executive of the IOP from 2002 until she returned to academia in 2004, is one of four new non-party-political peers whose appointment was announced on 13 October.

The IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles, said: “On behalf of the Institute I would like to congratulate Dame Julia on her appointment to the House of Lords. During her wide experience in the STEM sector, including her period as chief executive of the IOP, she has shown a depth of commitment to STEM subjects, and an understanding of their contribution to society more broadly, that will be invaluable in her new role in public life.”

King was a researcher and lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities for 16 years before joining Rolls-Royce in 1994, where she held several senior appointments. Following her time at the IOP, she became principal of the engineering faculty at Imperial College London, then in 2006 was appointed to her present post as vice chancellor of Aston University.