David Moorhouse, CBE

In office from: 1999 - 2010

Background: Shipping

After studying engineering at Imperial College, London, David Moorhouse joined John Brown Engineering Constructors in 1975, becoming a director of John Brown plc in 1986. After the company was taken over by Trafalgar House by the Norwegian group, Kvaerner, he was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of the process division, and a member of the Kvaerner management board.

Already a Non-executive member of the Lloyd's Register Board, in 1999 he took over the combined posts of Chairman and Chief Executive. He became Non-executive Chairman in 2007 after driving through much-needed organisational reform. For 15 years he was an adviser to nine successive oil and energy ministers in the UK. Among his other interests, he is a trustee of the National Maritime Museum.

An engineer by training, in 2005 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton in recognition of his work in engineering. He also holds Honorary Membership of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association.

In January 2009, he was recognized by the Queen for his services to shipping in the New Year's Honour list by the award of a CBE.

He retired from Lloyd's Register in December 2010. Unlike previous Chairmen, David Moorhouse preferred to commission a bust of himself upon retirement from Lloyd’s Register, rather than the more traditional portrait. The bronze bust was sculpted by Annie Field.

Moorhouse bust

Related links:

National Maritime Museum

John Brown Engineering and Constructors Ltd


Lloyd's Register Educational Trust

Under Moorhouse's tenure as Chairman, the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust was established in 2004. A precursor for the Lloyd's Register Foundation, the Trust was an independent charity focused on education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all in science, technology, engineering and transportation.