Professor Phil Taylor was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Bristol in July 2020.
An internationally leading researcher and industrial expert in energy systems, Phil has worked in industry and academia for over 25 years. He joined Newcastle University in 2013 as Dean and Director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Sustainability, and later, became the Head of the School of Engineering. He led the University’s involvement in Newcastle Helix, a city centre quarter which brings together hundreds of researchers, businesses, and progressive homeowners living and working side-by-side and housing four national research centres.
Currently, he is Co-Director of the £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) and also the Leader of the £10m EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, which brings together industrial and academic partners (including five UK universities) with other energy network stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of the interactions and interdependencies of energy networks, and researches the challenges of technology, policy, data, markets and risk for energy networks.
Phil’s work in industry includes time at GEC Alstom, EPS (UK), Teradyne and Senergy Econnect, where among many achievements he developed diagnostic software for the automotive and aerospace sectors and designed the grid connection for the UK’s first commercial offshore wind farm.
In addition to being a Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Phil is also a non-executive director of Northern Powergrid, an electrical distribution company, which provides power to eight million customers in the North East and Yorkshire.