Cluster Development Manager
Phil works for the UK research council (STFC, part of UK Research and Innovation) heading up the regional HealthTec Cluster for the North West of England (jointly funded with the Innovation Agency – the North West Coast AHSN) & co-leading the development of the North West Space Cluster.
The clusters exist to connect key capabilities between stakeholders, national science facilities and innovators in the wider ecosystem to support collaboration, cross-sector innovation and community building.
A Scientist by background, he undertook his PhD for the European Space Agency at King’s College London, conducting numerous studies on a suit for astronauts to wear designed reduce the risk of spinal issues post long term space flight. This has subsequently been used in space on two occasions so far.
He has particular interests in how cross-sector innovation (prominently space) in best supported and enabled which have led to both nationally and international appointments. In the UK, he currently heads the executive committee of the UK Space Life and Biomedical Science Association. Across Europe he also serves as the elected President for the European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA).
Within the North West he was also recently elected to the position of President of JCI Manchester – JCI is a global, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.