Phil worked in the fields of social work and education before following his passion for radio. After gaining a master’s degree in broadcast journalism he worked as a radio producer, reporter and project manager for the BBC.

In 2006 Phil became the founding Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association (PRA) – a national, award-winning charity that uses radio to support prisoner rehabilitation. In 2016 the PRA was named Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards.

In 2009 Phil launched National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners. This by prisoner - for prisoner radio station has a large, loyal and growing audience – with 86% of prisoners in England and Wales tuning in for around 10 hours each week.

He also runs PRA Productions (2017 Audio Production Awards Independent Production Company of the Year) and is setting up Prison Radio International, which aims to support the development of prison radio globally.
He is a self-declared podcast addict and loves judging the British Podcast Awards. Phil is a trustee of the Charles Parker Trust and is also very proud to sit on the board of Manchester’s Reform Radio.