As well as being a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Cranfield Aerospace, Professor Philip John is the Head of School of Engineering at Cranfield University. The School’s activities embrace aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, renewable and offshore energy engineering and air transport.

Professor John is also the Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University. He has nearly thirty years experience in Systems Engineering in a career within industry and academia and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Phil provides research, training and consultancy to many major organisations dealing with complex systems issues. His research interests reflect the wide range of systems expertise necessary to understand and manage the complexities and risks of today’s highly integrated and demanding world including:

  • Understanding complex Systems and Systems of Systems
  • Managing complex systems projects and risks
  • Through Life Capability Management
  • Integrated System Design
  • Coping with uncertainly and change in systems.

In 1999 Phil joined Cranfield to take up the Chair of Systems Engineering and subsequently established one of Europe’s leading Centres of Systems Engineering.

Prior to this move to academia, Phil had a successful industrial career in a wide range of senior managerial roles in Systems Development and Project Management, including international responsibilities as Head of Systems Engineering for a major multinational blue chip company.  He is a member of several National Advisory Committees and Industrial Steering Boards and served as the President of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) in the UK from 2003 to 2004. Phil joined the Cranfield Aerospace Board in August 2012.