An award winning engineer and designer that believes everyone has the right to understand what engineers do, and why they love doing it.
Phil Edwards is a
lifelong engineer and passionate about inspiring more youngsters to consider
STEM careers. He has worked in high-tech engineering companies for over 30
years, and uses his many interactions with schools to show how a STEM foundation
has enabled him to move his career across a wide variety of industries.
Phil started out as a Design Office Apprentice, subsequently moving from design into production engineering and then operations management before setting up his own manufacturing consultancy in 2005. In 2010 his interest in the emerging electric-vehicle sector led him to design and build a record-breaking electric motorbike. A new company followed, to undertake research and development on sustainable transport and that is now a social enterprise, with Phil spending half of his time on industry-led sustainable transport projects and the other half delivering STEM workshops based on those projects.
Phil has won numerous awards for engineering and innovation, and featured in engineering, motorsport, and technology journals. He is a long-term STEM Ambassador and has spoken at schools, colleges, universities, industry events, exhibitions, and trade shows. Phil is now the driving force behind a project to design and build the world’s quickest electric motorbike, and the motivational story behind the challenge is one of his most popular school presentations.
A regular speaker in schools, working with students from all key stages, Phil delivers talks on engineering in general; how technology is shaping the way we travel; and the challenge behind the Fast Charge® world record project. He also has experience of working with students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
"Phil visited our school to give an assembly to our KS2 children. They loved his talk about the electric bike that he invented and the subsequent British speed record that his company achieved! He engaged and interested them further with details of his upcoming world record attempt and the new bike. The questions the children had were of a very high level, showing how interested and motivated they were by the visit." Brendon Dutton, Key Stage 2 Leader, Hartley Primary Academy
"Sincere thanks to Phil for motivating and inspiring our new year 12 students at their taster at The Leigh UTC. He gave a wide ranging and highly informative introduction to what it means to be an engineer in modern day Britain and through his Future Transport Challenge illustrated the kind of problems that these students and others like them will be solving in the future" Louisa Felstead, Engagement Development Manager, Leigh Academies Trust
"I know I speak on behalf of Cuckmere House but also in particular the boys that you worked tirelessly with today; thank you so very much for your support. It was delightful to see our boys fully engaged and behaving so incredible well, this is in part due to your support and enthusiasm. Thank you very much for your initial input at the start of the day, during our assembly time. This was pitched extremely well and set the tone for the day." Karen Doman, Design and Technology, Cuckmere House School (SEND)