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Royal Academy backs its President Lord Browne


THE ROYAL Academy of Engineering this week pledged support for its president Lord John Browne of Madingley following his abrupt resignation from BP.

Browne quit last week after failing to secure an injunction preventing Associated Newspapers publishing details of his relationship with Canadian born student Jeff Chevalier.

A spokesman for the Academy said: 'Lord Browne is one of the finest engineers of his generation and has already initiated several ambitious Academy projects as president. The Academy looks forward to implementing these plans under his continued leadership, intended as they are to work directly for the public good, particularly in the area of climate change.' Browne was also responsible for forming the Academy's climate change panel which reports direct to the Treasury.

This brings together top engineers from various bodies including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, to advise on the causes and effects of global warming.

In resigning from BP, Browne forfeits a leaving package worth up to £15.5M. He said: 'In my 41 years with BP I have kept my private life separate from my business life. I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter, to be kept private.

'It is a matter of deep disappointment that a newspaper group has now decided that allegations about my personal life should be made public.

'These allegations are full of misleading and erroneous claims. In particular, I deny categorically any allegations of improper conduct relating to BP.'

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