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Philip Hargrave


Philip is a Digital Technology and Business specialist with many years of experience in undertaking and directing radio and communications related R&D and ICT knowledge transfer activities, and owner of 405 Consulting Ltd.

Philip received a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1971 and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1975, where he continued as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. In 1977 he joined the staff of Standard Telecommunications Laboratories (STL) in Harlow and embarked on a career in industrial R&D. His initially specialisations were in the theory and design of Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment, and Adaptive Antenna algorithms and implementations. In 1992, following the acquisition of STC by Nortel, he was appointed Director, Radio and High Integrity Communications. He was subsequently Director, Next Generation Networks, in which capacity he established a team that developed and pioneered concepts that have now been universally accepted under the banner of Next Generation Networks. In 2000 he was appointed Chief Scientist, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a position he held until leaving Nortel in 2006.

Following two years as an independent consultant, Philip was appointed in 2008 as the CEO and Network Director of the Digital Communications KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network), with responsibility for setting up and running a not-for-profit company for an industry-led group of stakeholders that operated as part of the portfolio of Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) KTNs with the objective of delivering improved industrial performance through innovation and collaboration. In 2011 he became CEO and Network Director of the larger ICT KTN, merging the activities of the Digital Communications and those of the Digital Systems KTNs under the umbrella of that not-for-profit company, and continued in that role until the cessation of grant funding in 2014.

Philip is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the British Computer Society, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Physicist.

Philip is a member of the Governing Council of Bishop's Stortford College and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2018. He is Chairman and Secretary of the Friends of St James the Great, Thorley.


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