As Executive Director for Transformation & Delivery, Philip is based at all three sites of the RCA and intentionally 'hot desks' around the campus in order to meet and work alongside different project teams. This is an interim role as the College pursues its ambitious plans for expansion in terms of the new campus at Battersea, Darwin 2021, our new academic programmes and international partnerships. Phil reports to the Vice-Chancellor and sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Group.
Philip’s 30-year career in higher education has been spent working in research universities in the UK and more recently in Australia. He has been Head of Administration and a member of the Executive at three universities since 2005.
Philip's immediate prior role was Vice-President Operations at the University of Canberra, having previously been Registrar & Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Sheffield.
Philip was educated at Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford University (Magdalen College) and Durham University (University College), from where he received his PhD in Social Sciences in 1991.
Philip has held a number of university company Directorships; was an elected member of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration national Executive (2008–2014); and an external member of the Oxford University Student Union Board of Trustees (2011–15). In 2014, he was elected Chair of the governing body for the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe (HUMANE). He has been Chair of the annual senior manager development programme (Winter School) for HUMANE/EFMD since 2015 and was inaugural Chair of the Asia–Pacific School in Hong Kong in 2017.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.