Philip is Interim Chair of the Board and Chair of the Devon & Exeter branch of the ESU. He has spent his working life in commerce as an insurance broker, running his own business since 1979. He has a long history of charitable work, including membership (and subsequently chairship) of Round Table, followed by membership of Rotary, the local Civic Society and The Arts Society (NADFAS). He is an active participant in Freemasonry, with a particular interest in its charitable activities both within and outside the organisation.
Philip’s interest in the written and spoken word stems from his school days and was enhanced by membership of a local youth drama group. Subsequent membership of drama societies and Little Theatres has satisfied his thirst for the written and spoken word and, having maintained a good relationship with his old school, he has always been keen to emphasise the importance of learning and acquiring confidence in the spoken aspects of communication as well as the ability to think on one’s feet in discussion or debate.