Phil Smith

Chairman/Non-Executive Director

Phil is a Chairman and Director as well as an advisor mentor and speaker. As former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland, Phil is passionate about innovation, skills, technology, digitisation and leadership.  Phil is Senior Independent Director of IQE PLC, a leading advanced materials solutions company, based in Cardiff focused on the Compound Semiconductor market. 

 Phil is also chair of Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency as well as Chair of the Tech Partnership which is an employer led organisation championing digital skills. In his industry and government roles he also co-Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership and is on the board of the Digital Economy Council. 

 Additionally, Phil also sits on a number of advisory boards in organisations as diverse as Lloyds Register and the National Theatre. 

 Phil championed and is passionate about, innovation, entrepreneurship and productivity whilst at Cisco and continues now in many of his roles. He is founder member of the Productivity Leadership Group and a trustee of Be the Business.  

 He has been recognised with several industry accolades and awards from mentorship for women to CSR, company culture, employee engagement and leadership as well as change and digitalisation. Those include Orange Business Leader of the year, a member of Wired 100. 

 Phil’s contribution to industry has been recognised with Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City, Warwick and Glasgow Universities.

 Phil is the founder of a group of CEOs and leaders who, since 2012 have raised close to £1m for Sport Relief participating with their teams in Triathlon based events. 

 Phil is a keen Triathlete and cyclist  and has qualified in Triathlon for Team GB in 2014, 2015 and 2017, competing in Canada and the Netherlands. 

 Phil lives near Stratford upon Avon and is married to his wife Steph, has four grown-up children and two Grandchildren.