Phil Tomlinson is a Professor of Industrial Strategy in the School of Management, at the University of Bath. He has published over 60 articles in leading academic journals, books and book chapters, and consultancy reports. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Governance, Regulation & Industrial Strategy (CGR&IS) and he also works closely with the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR). His research has been received by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Transport, NESTA, Innovate UK, The TUC, Industry Trade Associations and other business and regional organisations. He is a member of the Manufacturing Commission of All Parliamentary Manufacturing Group Enquiry on Local Industrial Strategies and he has given other presentations at the UK Houses of Parliament. He was the PI on the first RSA Policy Expo entitled ‘Revitalising Lagging Regions: Smart Specialisation and Industry 4.0’, and is currently a CI on a £1.5 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant to establish two business acceleration hubs (digital and engineering) in the South West of England. He was an invited chair and speaker at the EU Commission (Joint Research Centre ) 2018 Smarter Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development in Seville, and at the EU Commission’s European Week of Regions and Cities 2018. Locally, he has been a member of Swindon and Wiltshire LEP’s Industrial Strategy Independent Review Panel, and he has recently joined the West of England Combined Authority’s Skills Advisory Panel.