Phil is Chairman of Cisco for the UK & Ireland. In this role, he leads country digitisation and nurturing relationships with government, policy makers, academia and business.

Phil previously served eight years as Chief Executive of Cisco UK & Ireland. During Phil’s tenure, Cisco UK was recognised as one of the Top 5 great places to work, a Great Place for Women to Work as well as receiving many other awards for CSR and employee engagement.

Phil joined Cisco 23 year ago following successful leadership roles at IBM and Philips Electronics. Phil is known as a champion of innovation, having initiated Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme as a legacy of London 2012, to spark nationwide ingenuity, ambition and growth through technology entrepreneurship.

Additionally, Phil is the Chairman of Innovate UK (the UK’s Innovation agency) and chairs the Tech Partnership (the network of employers championing digital skills for the UK). Phil’s contribution to the industry has been recognised with Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City, Warwick and Glasgow Universities.