Phil, educated in Caerphilly and the University of Exeter, began his career with Halliburton Inc as an offshore engineer in the oil industry. After graduating with an MBA from London Business School and the University of California in the mid 1980’s, he moved on to mergers and acquisitions in the corporate finance department of an investment bank based in the City of London. He then moved to Bristol and was employed in 1995 as CEO of the Business Link Provider in the West of England.
In 2003 Phil became the managing director of Business West. Phil is a member of the Business Advisory Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, chairman of the South West Regional Venture Capital Fund, a director of Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd and sits on the Advisory Council of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Royal Agricultural University.