Professor P T Blythe FREng BSc(Eng) CEng FIET
Phil Blythe is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at Newcastle University and he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Transport from 2015-2021.
Phil's academic focus has been on bringing new technology solutions to transport and was part of the team that invented the first non-stop multi-lane tolling technology in the mid 1990’s.
Phil was seconded to the EU during the 3rd and 4th Framework research programmes to lead the research area on transport demand management and automatic debiting.
During this time he also installed the first road pricing demo in the UK in Cambridge and led the feasibility team that developed the concept of camera-based road charging for London.
Phil’s more recent research has been in the areas of electromobility, automation, and future intelligent infrastructure with major projects running in these areas and feeding into policy.
As Chief Scientific Adviser Phil was responsible for all science, engineering, and technology in the Department and ensuring such evidence was used in policymaking.
During this time he was also Head of Profession for Science and Engineering for the DfT and their arms-length bodies and made the case for DfT to become a Corporate Member of the IET.
Phil led the Governments and Departments science response to the Volkswagen emissions issue, and other key emergencies such as the Zika Virus, Novichok Poisoning, Volcanic Ash, and Drone Intrusions.
He participated in SAGE throughout the Covid Pandemic and led on the science for the restart and recovery of all transport modes.
Among many other highlights, he has recently published the Science Plan for the Department and has established the Transport Research and Innovation Board and led on supporting hydrogen as a future transport fuel as well as securing funding for the Teesside Hydrogen Transport Hub in the 2021 Spending Review.
Prior to election to IET Trustee and Vice President, Phil had been Chair of the IET’s Transport Policy Panel for 13 years and had also served on the PNARTS and Prestigious Lectures Committee.
He also developed the business case for the IET Journal on Intelligent Transport Systems.
In 2012 he was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS.
Phil was elected Fellow of the RAEng in 2020 and serves on several committees and task forces.