Phillip spent most of his career with Unilever plc, the Anglo-Dutch multi-national, in marketing and general management positions. Successively he was President of Lever Brothers, Canada; Managing Director of Unilever's $1 billion business in Brazil, and adviser to the Unilever Board on global strategy.
He then joined the main Board of Reckitt and Colman as Director of Global Marketing. Since 2000, Phillip has been involved in the world of cycling, initially as Chairman and Chief Executive of Raleigh and then as a member of the National Cycling Strategy Board. From 2005, until its abolition, he was Chair of Cycling England.
Phillip is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Association; Chair of the Department for Transport's Cycle Rail Working Group, and of the Association of Bikeability Schemes, among other cycling interests. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to cycling.