Professor Phil Taylor

Professor Phil Taylor

Company: Bristol University

Job title: Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise


  • Director, Supergen Energy Networks Hub
  • Co-Investigator, EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI)

Professor Phil Taylor, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Bristol University, responsible for shaping Bristol’s research and enterprise activity, engaging with a wide range of organisations – from funders to corporates and charities – regionally, nationally and internationally, and enhancing an already high-performing research environment at Bristol.


Professor Taylor is also the Director of the £10m EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, working with Leeds, Newcastle, Bath, Manchester and Cardiff Universities, bringing together industrial and academic partners including other energy network stakeholders, to gain a deeper understanding of the interactions and interdependencies of energy networks, researching the challenges of technology, policy, data, markets and risk for energy networks. In addition, Phil is the Co-Director of the £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI).


Professor Phil Taylor is an internationally leading researcher and industrial expert in energy systems, who 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.


Professor Taylor’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.


Professor Taylor is Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a non-executive director at Northern Powergrid, an electrical distribution company, which provides power to eight million customers in the North East and Yorkshire.


Roundtable discussions, Exhibitor zone 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Open roundtable 1: Flexible futures: What is the role of decentralised, democratised energy on the road to net-zero? Renewable energy technologies and ‘flexible’ power systems such as energy storage and demand response are together changing the way that energy is generated and used. This open roundtable discussion will explore  how businesses can champion decentralised, democratised energy systems to…Read more

day: Day 2 – Net-Zero Carbon