Philip is Chairman of Carillion PLC, the international construction and service business, and Non-Executive Chairman of BakerCorp, the Permira owned industrial services company in the US. He is Chairman Designate of Williams & Glyn, the UK “challenger” bank being divested by RBS; he will take over as chairman one year before the IPO which is planned within 2-3 years. Philip was appointed to the board of Saga as Senior Independent Director in May 2014.
He was Chief Executive of United Utilities PLC 2006-2011. United Utilities is one of the largest utility companies in the UK, ranked mid-way in the FTSE100, with a market cap of approximately £4bn after returning £1.5bn to shareholders in 2008. During his tenure Philip restructured and strengthened management, created strategic focus through several disposals, created a strong and credible capital structure, and improved operational performance.
In 2003 Philip was appointed CEO of P&O Nedlloyd, one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, and a joint venture between P&O and Royal Nedlloyd. He led the company to its successful listing as Royal P&O Nedlloyd BV in Amsterdam in April 2004. Under his leadership operating profit increased from $77m in 2003 to approximately $550m in 2005. In August 2005, the company was acquired at a share price of $57 compared to a market price of less than $10 in 2003.
Philip was previously Chief Operating Officer at Reuters Group plc, which he joined in 1999. His responsibilities included the design and implementation of a global change management programme. From 1990 to 1999 he was at DHL, the global market leader for cross-border express delivery, becoming Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Africa.
He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA (Hons) from the University of Wales. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. In the 2014 Birthday Honours list, Philip was awarded a CBE (Commander of the most excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to business and to charity in the UK and in South Africa.
Since early 2011, Philip has been Chairman of Sentebale, a charity set up by Prince Harry to focus on disadvantaged young people in Lesotho. He is also personally involved in several philanthropic projects in southern Africa, including being patron of Hope Through Action. He is chairman of the Bible Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Since 2011, Philip has been the UK Prime Minister’s adviser on corporate responsibility.
He has previously been Chairman of Clarksons plc and a Non-Executive Director of SKF in Sweden, Tibco in Palo Alto, USA, and the Lloyds Banking Group plc.
Philip was born in 1953 and is married with two daughters.