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After research for a doctorate in polymer science, Philip Hilton’s career has been in manufacturing, primarily in the packaging industry, where he was a main board director of RPC Group Plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging. He headed up a major division of the company, supplying packaging to multinational brands and food manufacturers. Based in Germany, he was responsible for businesses in several (Eastern and Western) European countries.
Following retirement, he has been an active angel investor and has interests in start-ups in biological, medical, information and environmental technology. He also has non-executive interests in (primarily vocational) education and in offender rehabilitation.