Phil worked in the fields of social work and education before entering journalism. He was awarded an MA in Broadcast Journalism in 2003.
In the same year he began working for BBC Radio 2′s Jeremy Vine Show as a current affairs producer, responsible for daily news items and twice weekly health and financial/legal specials. As the show’s first regular live reporter he covered stories including George W Bush’s 2003 London visit and Nelson Mandela’s 2005 appearance at a Make Poverty History rally in Trafalgar Square. Phil has also produced documentaries for Radio 4 and BBC Local Radio.
In 2005 he became the BBC’s Prison Radio Project Coordinator and managed a pilot project, establishing radio projects at two prisons in the West Midlands. In 2006 Phil left the BBC to become the PRA’s Chief Executive and is responsible for the development of the National Prison Radio Service.
Phil is a member of the Radio Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).