Dr Chris Floyd

Partner at The Floyd Partnership

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Partner, The Floyd Partnership
Former Business Development Director, Rolls-Royce plc
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

In his former role, Chris Floyd was responsible for the strategy and development of Rolls-Royce’s non-aerospace businesses, having joined in this role in 1999, and helping to grow these businesses eight-fold since then. He has been instrumental in:

  • the €3.4bn acquisition of Tognum in 2011, jointly with Daimler, to strengthen the reciprocating engine part of Rolls-Royce’s portfolio
  • development of Rolls-Royce’s low-carbon strategy, leading to investments in gas and biofuel reciprocating engines, nuclear power, fuel cells, and tidal power
  • the creation and development of Rolls-Royce Marine as an engineering systems business, taking the business from <£300m in 1998 to >£2.6bn turnover in 2010
  • implementation of turnaround and growth strategies for the Energy business, moving it from £480m sales and £70m loss to £1.2bn sales and £40m profit
  • development of a wide ranging view of the world in 2035, covering technology, climate change, energy security, politics, and economics, assessment of the implications for Rolls-Royce, and subsequent development of the Group’s long term strategy for addressing these implications
  • development and implementation of a group-wide technology capability commercialisation strategy including acquisition of small technology companies
  • development of the company’s globalisation strategy, including leading initiatives with partner companies and governments in India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

To read about Chris' experience as a Policy Fellow at Cambridge, please click here.


Chris is Chairman of Tidal Generation (a wholly owned subsidiary), Chairman of Bergen Engines AS (a €400m joint venture company with Daimler), and Rolls-Royce’s Board member on the UK Energy Technologies Institute. He is also President of EU Turbines, the European industrial gas and steam turbine association.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, Chris was a European Director for Arthur D Little, the management and technology consultancy, where he co-led the company’s European Technology and Innovation Management practice, working on growth strategies for technology-based products companies in the aerospace, engineering, electronics, medical and consumer goods industries.

Chris has an MA in engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge, a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Bristol University, and an MBA from London Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Chris has also written a book on R&D, technology and IP management, titled Managing Technology for Corporate Success.

  • 18 April 2013, 10am

    CSaP annual conference 2013: Future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall

    Continuing the theme of the Future Directions seminar series, CSaP’s second annual conference will see leading speakers from government and academia explore the changing role of the analytical professions; how government can make better use of external academic expertise; and the nature of evidence in more open policy making.