Philipâ??s background is that he is a chartered secretary and a solicitor by training, beginning with a not for profit organisation before joining local government in 1988. Since then, he has worked for a number of councils and for the Improvement and Development Agency. He has been a monitoring officer for the last thirteen years of his direct employment. He is now an interim consultant working for local authorities.
Philip is a board member of Lawyers in Local Government and was previously the President of ACSeS (the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors) for 2011 to 2013. For some time prior to that he was spokesperson for the national portfolio on local government powers and then for regulatory matters.
Over his career Philip has undertaken a number of wider pieces of work for and on behalf of local authorities and their national bodies. This has included developing materials and procedures for the ethical governance toolkit and peer review, chairing the model constitution group, chairing the grouping of ACSeS, NALC, SLCC and others in producing the current incarnation of the Parish Council Governance Toolkit, producing the councillor guide to licensing decision making for LACoRS and the DCMS and, as an LGA, DCLG, POS and ACSeS grouping, producing guidance materials on conduct and development control matters.