Phillip began his career as a social worker in Dorset more than 40 years ago. He joined the NSPCC as a member of the charity’s special unit in Rochdale, before going on to design a national network of NSPCC child protection teams who were responsible for caring for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
After years heading up the charity’s planning and research department, Phillip became the NSPCC’s Director of Public Policy. It was in this role that he developed the charity’s safeguarding consultancy teams, who now work with organisations and professionals around the UK to ensure that children are kept safe.
Phillip spearheaded the NSPCC’s lobbying work and helped shape the Children’s Act 1989, which remains the core piece of child protection legislation in England.