Philippa OldhamPhilippa Oldham

Head of Transport and Manufacturing

CEng MIMechE

Philippa joined the Institution in 2011 as the Head of Transport and Manufacturing. She works with members to raise the profile of engineers, aiming to spark debate and provide thought leadership within the transport and manufacturing realm. 

Philippa engages with government departments and political committees making sure engineers are involved early in policy making decisions. She regularly works with the media providing insight into the profession or to improve their understanding of engineering issues.

She has published high profile policy statements and reports on life cycle analysis, manufacturing a successful economy, intelligent transport, intelligent society and energy options for our transport modes and women in engineering.

Philippa’s passion for engineering began at a young age with a love of motorsport and while studying for her degree, Philippa had gained invaluable work experience at Ilmor Engineering Ltd, working on a variety of projects within Formula One. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2.1 MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 2003, and joined QinetiQ as a Mechanical Design Engineer and progressed to become a Product Engineer.

In 2009 she became Product Manager for QinetiQ’s £150M Aerospace business where she needed a robust engineering knowledge, and a good commercial and financial understanding. In 2009 she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from the University of Bath, and in 2010 gained her Chartered Engineer status.

Philippa actively encourages more women into the profession being involved with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Philippa’s top three

Favourite engineering innovation: Optical lens. 
Person I most admire: Hard to choose just one... My parents and, as an engineer, Leonardo da Vinci. 
Greatest challenge facing engineering: Getting society to adopt the circular economy methodology.