Originally from the north-west of England, Phil grew up and was educated in Worcestershire, spending time working in the USA before joining West Midlands Police.
Phil has clocked up more than 25 years service to date, having worked with West Midlands and Northumbria Police in a variety of different places including Coventry, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, South Shields and Sunderland. During that time he has undertaken many different roles, including local policing Commander, Head of Operations, a Senior Investigating Officer, lead for covert policing and Programme Director for a transformational change programme.
In June 2013, Phil was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable and moved to Leicestershire Police, where he became the operational lead for the force having responsibility for everything from local policing and contact management to crime investigation and public protection. He has been Gold Commander for a series of high profile events that he perhaps would never have anticipated prior to his appointment; these have included the reinternment of King Richard III, the Rugby World Cup, Leicester City’s Premier League victory celebrations and the club’s involvement in Champions League football.
Phil is the force’s LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) lead and is proud to be a Straight Ally and of Leicestershire Police’s position in Stonewall’s Top 100 employers for the past four years.
In January 2017, Phil took up a new post having responsibility for the leadership and development of the collaborative functions across the three East Midlands police of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire Police, together with the East Midlands Operational Support (EMOpSS) and East Midlands Criminal Justice Services (EMCJS).
Phil is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council portfolio lead for Intelligence, an area of policing for which he has a particular passion and one of ever increasing importance as the Service works hard to protect the most vulnerable against existing and emerging threats, harm and risk.
Outside of work, Phil spends his spare time with his wife and family with his leisure time revolving around his keen interest in sport, particularly football (a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan), watching rugby, playing hockey and cycling.