Phil recently retired after over 39 years in Local Government. For the last 8 years of his career Phil was Chief Planning Officer at Leeds City Council. Previously, Phil worked for Birmingham City Council for over 22 years in a variety of roles in Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, culminating in 9 years as Assistant Director responsible for Development Management and Conservation. His first job was with Sedgefield District Council where he was part of the team which won the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup for the regeneration of Shildon following the closure of the historic wagon works. He was the founding Chair of the Core Cities Planning Group.
Phil has given talks at a variety of national and regional planning conferences and workshops and published papers on Economic Development and Neighbourhood Planning. He has been an External Examiner and a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Birmingham University and is currently a member of the Joint Distance Learning Partnership Board.
Previously, Phil was a member of the RTPI's Northern and West Midlands Branches. He was Branch Chair in the West Midlands in 1989. He has also served on a variety of the Institutes National Panels.
Phil aims to spend his retirement watching Cricket and Rugby, getting fit and renewing his delight in walking the Moors and Dales of Yorkshire and beyond. His more sedentary interests include reading, art history, music and travel as well as visiting his daughters.