Contact Philippa Thurgur


Before joining Cranfield, Philippa started her career as a designer in the clothing industry. She went on to develop this role, spending 8 years working in the licensing industry for some of the top British clothing brands. This involved travelling extensively to Australasia, the Middle East and Europe advising licensees on the parameters of possible development of the brands within the context of their own climatic and cultural requirements. Philippa then spent a further 7 years as an Account Manager in the clothing industry, sourcing and developing clothing ranges from Asia and Europe exclusively for her clients: the UK high street fashion retailers and department stores.


Current activities

Philippa is both Co-Director of the Business Growth Programme (BGP) and Co-Director of the Cranfield Talent Development Programme (CTDP).

Philippa joined Cranfield School of Management in 2003, and since then her focus has been on executive education, designing and directing executive development initiatives for middle and senior managers. She has worked with a wide range of clients in a broad range of sectors undertaking significant organizational change. She is an expert in designing and delivering assessment services, and providing strategic competency and capability based interventions. Her key research interests are in talent management. Prior to joining Cranfield, her career spanned design, manufacturing and key account management.

Philippa has completed a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck College, University of London. Philippa also holds the British Psychological Society Certificates of Test User: Occupational, Ability certification (formerly Level A) and Test User: Occupational, Personality certification (formerly Level B).  She is also accredited in many of the leading psychometric tools from suppliers such as Saville Consulting, OPP, CEB (formally SHL), Talent Q, Belbin and Team Focus.


Philippa's clients include;

  • Gazprom GM&T
  • Genesis Biosciences
  • Keele University
  • Ministry Of Defense
  • Natural History Museum
  • Volvo Cars