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New Director of Research

New Director of Research

Philip Guildford has recently joined CUED as Director of Research.

I look forward to using all my skills, experience and energy, to help the academics to develop and express their research strategy.

Philip Guildford, Director of Research

Philip Guildford

A graduate in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, (Jesus College) specialising in Materials Science, Philip has spent the last seventeen years in industry. Having begun his working life in R&D, working with building products, he soon moved into the aerospace sector, and then into industries taking a lead in 'green', environmentally friendly projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

A strong interest, and ability, in project management and technology strategy then led him into the realms of business consultancy, and back to Cambridge, working for PA Consulting Group. He was then lucky enough to move into telecoms, working as Principal Consultant for Analysys, just when the market entered the greatest boom in history. "That was an exciting time" comments Philip. "We had companies queuing up for help in establishing new businesses and devising corporate strategies, as the industry went through dramatic transitions."

After over a decade of hectic international consulting work, he moved back into the University and joined the newly formed Corporate Liaison Office, which has been set up to act as an interface between the University and the business world. Having spent a year leading the development of the Office's strategy, implementing a project management system, building regional links and facilitating relationships with companies, the move to CUED seemed a natural step.

"The job of Director of Research at CUED is very attractive to me - engineering is still the subject that excites me most and CUED has the most superb international reputation. I look forward to using all my skills, experience and energy, to help the academics to develop and express their research strategy; gather intelligence on funding opportunities that match their interests and aspirations; and ensure the provision of a professional service to support academics in winning and managing grants."

Philip will take up his appointment, full-time, at the beginning of August, 2003.