Maggie Philbin

Power List 2018
CEO, TeenTech

Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory. In 2008 she co-founded TeenTech, an award winning organisation which works across the UK helping young people, their parents and teachers understand the real opportunities in con-temporary industry.

In June 2016 she was voted most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly and also named 2016 Digital Leader of the Year. She was awarded an OBE in Jan for her work to promote careers in STEM and the Creative Industries. In July 2017 she received the Tech4Good Special Award.

She is patron of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing and has been awarded six honorary degrees for her work. She has one daughter, Rose, who works for a leading technology company in San Francisco.

What does Northern Power Women mean to you?

Great network of brilliant people.

What is your greatest achievement?

Most people know me from my work in television but I’m most proud of setting up TeenTech and making it a collaborative organisation from the outset.

Why is it important to champion role models in the North?

It’s so important for young people to see that they can be the innovators of tomorrow, no matter where they live. You don’t have to be on the West Coast of America or in London to be a game-changer