Philip graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College). His career started in industrial R&D in the materials and aerospace sectors. He then progressed to R&D programme management in energy efficiency and renewable energy for the UK government and European Commission. This led to him joining PA Consulting, to work on technology strategy and then analysis, where he led groups in the telecoms/media sector. In August 2003, Philip became the Department of Engineering's Director of Research at the University of Cambridge.
Philip is working with the academic team to develop the centre and is the first point of contact for enquiries.