APC appoints Philippa Oldham to lead National Network Programme

Philippa Oldham has joined the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) today to lead its National Network Programme. In her new role, Philippa will co-ordinate APC’s network of centres of excellence in key technology areas  – known as Spokes – to help UK companies deliver marketable low carbon solutions.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge of the UK automotive sector to APC

Having previously held the position of Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for six years, Philippa already has a wealth of experience working in the UK automotive industry. She has dealt with a wide range of stakeholders from academia, government and various industry sectors in order to encourage collaboration and create visionary engineering solutions. Her experience has also given her a broad insight into domestic and international transport challenges.

As well as low carbon propulsion, Philippa has a strong interest in intelligent mobility, air quality, future transport networks and the Internet of Things. She views engineering and automotive R&D as areas that can benefit society as a whole. Philippa is eager to promote engagement with the topics of sustainability, scarcity of resources and environmental protection.

Garry Wilson, Director – Business Development, Marketing and Communications at APC said: “The National Network Programme is a crucial part of the R&D process for low carbon propulsion in the UK, supporting fundamental and advanced research into new technologies. Philippa’s vast knowledge and experience in the UK automotive sector will be a great asset in ensuring the National Network provides innovative organisations with the facilities they need to thrive.”

A national programme to support fundamental research into the development of low carbon solutions

The APC National Network Programme currently consists of six ‘Spoke’ sites strategically located across the UK. Each Spoke is hosted by an organisation with recognised proficiency in a key low carbon technology, such as energy storage, power electronics and thermal efficiency. The community is designed to provide access to the best expertise and facilities in the country in order to benefit the UK automotive industry, uphold its position as a world leader and drive fundamental R&D.