Phil was brought up in Eccles and went to school at De La Salle College in Salford. He went on to receive his BA (Hons) in Urban and Regional Planning from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) in 1977 and became a Chartered Town Planner, working in local government in Greater Manchester. He then moved into the private sector in senior business development roles at regional board level for major construction companies in the North West including Amec, Wimpey Construction and Kier.
He obtained post-graduate diplomas in Marketing and Management Studies and a Masters in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Phil is Chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, was President of the Chamber from 2012-2014 and has chaired its Property and Construction Group. He developed the Greater Manchester Building of the Year award (now an annual event) and was a founder of the annual North West Construction Summit. He is a non-executive Director of the Manchester Growth Company and a member of the Strategic Enterprise Zone Board of Manchester Airport City. He has also been a board member of the Atlantic Gateway and the North Liverpool Urban Regeneration Partnership where he chaired the development group.
He lives in Boothstown in Salford and is keenly interested in Salford local government, local history, architecture, the built environment and music. He is a Trustee of the Manchester Jazz Festival despite being (in his own words), “a worse than useless guitarist.”
Until March 2016, Phil was Director at Capita Property and Infrastructure after ten years as a Regional Director at built environment consultants Aecom.
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