Philip is Chairman of Smith & Williamson’s corporate finance business and has been involved with Openfield and its predecessor businesses since 1986. He has over thirty years experience working with businesses in the food industry, having served in varying roles including Chairman of Berry Gardens, Governor of the Royal Agricultural University and Non-Executive Director of English Food and Farming Partnerships, the body formed out of the recommendations of the Curry Report. He has a thorough working knowledge of farmer co-operatives having served both as a non-executive director and advisor to numerous companies in that sector.
Philip qualified as a chartered accountant and tax practitioner in the early 1980s, started his own firm of accountants in 1983, merged this with Bristol based accounting firm Solomon Hare in 1988 and was appointed senior partner in 1989 at the age of 35 yrs. He held this position until 2005 when he merged the firm with Smith & Williamson where he leads the corporate finance business.
Philip joined the Board of Group Cereal Services Ltd in 1991 and has served on the Boards of Centaur Grain and Openfield Group ever since. Philip is a keen Formula 1 fan and started a fantasy competition which has now raised over £100,000 for various charities within the UK. He is married and lives in Gloucestershire.