After gaining his PhD in optical fibre sensors in 1985, Dr Philp worked for ABB until 1991 when he joined the intrinsic safety specialist, MTL Instruments plc, based in Luton UK. He became Managing Director in 1992 and then Chief Executive in 1995, a post which he retained until MTL was acquired by the US multinational, Cooper Industries in 2008. By that time, MTL had annual sales of over £100m and sold its products in 70 countries around the world. In December 2010 Dr Philp was appointed Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the UK trade association representing the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sectors.
Throughout his career, Dr Philp has worked actively with organisations representing the instrumentation and automation industries in the UK and in Europe. He served as chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation European Executive Advisory committee in 2006, was an active member of the EEF becoming Chairman of the East Midlands and Mid Anglia section in 2007. He also served from 2006 to 2009 on the UK’s Electronics Leadership Council. He is currently a Trustee and Vice President of the Institute of Measurement and Control and sits on a number of advisory committees for organisations such as SEMTA and the ESPKTN.