Philip Guildford

Director of Strategy and Operations at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Special Adviser, Centre for Science and Policy
Director of Strategy and Operations, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Philip guides and supports the development and expression of research strategies, gathers intelligence on funding opportunities, and through the Research Office team provides a professional service to support academics in winning and managing grants.

He also helps companies and institutions to build relationships with the Department. This includes helping them with navigation around the Department, introductions to academics, and the negotiation of agreements (working closely alongside colleagues in the Research Services Division). The research pages provide a starting point for finding websites for academics, divisions, groups and themes.

As the Enterprise Champion for the Department, Philip offers initial advice and guidance to staff and students with concerning protection of intellectual property, commercialisation of ideas and consulting work. He liaises closely with Cambridge Enterprise in this role.

In addition to these duties, Philip gives courses on Scenario Planning for two Masters programmes (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment and the Engineering for Sustainable Development), helps to design and facilitate research events involving academics and industrialists on request, and, for a few days each year, engages in some freelance business consulting in his spare time.

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 industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy. This led to him joining PA Consulting to work on technology strategy consulting and then Analysys where he became a Principal Consultant in the telecoms/media sector. In August 2003, Philip became the Department of Engineering's new Director of Research. A full CV is available at LinkedIn.

  • 6 June 2023, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2023

    CSaP's 2023 Annual Conference will cover topics such as economic growth and productivity; innovation and societal challenges; lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic; public health; climate & resilience; and decarbonisation and energy transition.

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.