Telephone Duet Partners

Dr John Forrest CBE, FREng, FIET, FIoD

Corporate Governance Advisor

John Forrest has an MA from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford. After 3 years at Stanford University, California, as Research Associate and Lecturer, he joined UCL, becoming Professor of Electronic Engineering with a research group in microwaves and optics.  In 1984 he joined Marconi Defence Systems as Technical Director and later became Director of Engineering at the Independent Broadcasting Authority.  From this engineering team, he formed the communications company NTL, becoming its first Chief Executive and later its Deputy Chairman.

In 1996 he joined the main board of 3i plc and has held appointments as Chairman or Director of many technology sector companies in the UK, France, Canada and the USA, taking several through IPO on AIM or NASDAQ.  He has worked closely with government on a number of senior committees and is a former Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the CBE in H.M. the Queen’s Jubilee Honours and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.


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