Phil trained in the accountancy profession but always felt the lure of business, being poached by a client into the Travel Industry in 1985 (all it took was a manager's job and a Ford Escort). He then worked in various roles in Banking Finance and back in the Travel Industry, each time using Finance as the way in but quickly taking on general management roles such as General Manager and Director Finance & Ops. In his final employed role, Directeur Général (MD) of an inbound Japanese Tour Operator based in France he set up new programmes taking the French to Egypt and perhaps more surprisingly exceeding his target to bring the French to enjoy UK cuisine.
Fed up of large international corporates and their decision making, Phil went back to his roots in setting up an accountancy practice, building that from 1 to 150 clients before merging with marketeers to form an unusual hybrid professional services firm. True to form Phil used his second client - a management development consultancy - to train as a facilitator and to deliver management and leadership programmes. Particularly enthused by standing on a Welsh hillside in the drizzle watching a group abseil down a cliff and find their way across a swamp with a few planks and plinths and realising he could get paid for having fun.
Phil went on to design and deliver training courses, management development programmes and facilitate conferences and awaydays for organisations such as Lego; Lego Media; Currys; Dixons; BBC World, BBC News; the BBC Leadership team, The Link, Scottish & Newcastle amongst others.
In his strategic financial roles Phil has fought the EU on VAT on Tour Operators as part of the European Tour Operators Association; succesfully won back over £2m VAT from HMRC; advised a management team on a £1.4m buyout, developed a 5 year strategy for growth for a consultancy client and then as a director helped that client to be at year 5 position within 3 years; prepared and presented plans to secure £2.9m funding for a client and advised on a number of joint venture agreements.
One of Phil's development projects - designing and running business analysis sessions for the board of an American Bank in Krakow led, slightly circuitously, to being asked to join the fledgling Hub 100 ten years ago. That 10 years has flown by and he is honoured to have been given such a deep insight into and understanding of over 200 businesses in that time and more importantly spent thousands of hours in detailed discussions with entrepreneurial MDs. Knowing what drives those MDs, their fears and their downright bravery in starting and growing businesses inspires Phil to keep the MDHUB moving forwards.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Phil on a regular basis and have thoroughly enjoyed it. He is someone whose opinion I highly value and I can always rely on him to have sound advice on any business issue. He is extremely easy to get on with and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a business mentor / management consultant who not only really knows his stuff but is an absolute pleasure to work with too.