A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Brown is also a chartered engineer and a past president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

He says: "I’ve been greatly impressed by the contribution that the MTC has made to UK manufacturing and I’m very much looking forward to joining the board as the organisation embarks on the next phase of its development."

Brown succeeds Alex Stephenson CBE, who has been instrumental in guiding the MTC through a period of unprecedented growth, while simultaneously delivering productivity benefits to manufacturing companies across several sectors.

Speaking on behalf of the board, chief executive Dr Clive Hickman, says: "I’d like to thank Alex for his unwavering support for the MTC during his tenure, he’s been a fantastic advocate for British manufacturing. I’m now looking forward to working with Sir David as we embark on the next stage of our remarkable journey."