5 minutes with… Philippa Glover, MD, CNC Robotics
Philippa is the Managing Director of CNC Robotics Ltd, a leading robotic integration company based in the Liverpool City Region. Philippa is responsible for leading the development of the business and its people and is passionate about working closely with the community to address critical challenges that will shape our future. Philippa is a member of the Institute of Directors and sits on several advisory boards including MAKE UK Regional, and Industrial Strategy Challenge fund Manufacturing Made Smarter. In 2019 she featured on Insiders 2019 42 under 42 lists celebrating the strength of the region’s brightest business talent who will form the next generation of successful business leaders and business owners.
How long have you been in the industry?
I have worked in the industry for over 15 years across a range of manufacturing industries. Working within the industry has provided me with a rewarding and challenging career which continues to drive me forward, providing exciting growth opportunities. I am passionate about UK manufacturing and am privileged to be able to champion the sector, specifically bringing the SME voice to the table in the advisory boards I am involved in such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Manufacturing Made Smarter.
How would you describe your typical day?
Leading a growing innovative company requires an active hand-on approach. There is no typical day. From coaching and empowering the team, leading the sales, marketing, and operational activities of the business, building relationships with new partners and manufacturers to developing new business strategies, it is that diverse.
What, if anything keeps you up at night?
Sometimes when the lights are out, it is the perfect time to reflect on your growth and those around you. Leading fundamental change does not come without its challenges, but that is not something that we as leaders should be afraid of. I am lucky to have a network of people who continue to support and inspire me and help me switch the lights off at night so that I can rest, recharge and be ready for a new day.
What do you think will be the biggest difference 10 years from now?
We are amid an industrial revolution where technology is developing at pace. Whilst it is not easy to say with certainty, we can already see glimpses of the future. Roles will evolve as we see a shift towards more knowledge-based functions. Manufacturers will use the ‘virtual world’ to test production lines anticipating and solving problems before they occur. It will be the norm to see robots and additive manufacturing on the shop floor with many manufacturers running completely autonomously, achieving so much than we can achieve today. Technology will be enabled by a national digital infrastructure that will support the growing demands of industry and support future technological advances (or at least that’s what I hope).