Phil relocated to Cumbria with his wife and two daughters in 2014. He began volunteering at the Kirkgate to help become part of the community. Having been enthused by the staff and volunteers, and particularly by their impressive achievements in planning for the future of the centre, he joined Kirkgate Arts board in 2015.
Phil has a diverse nuclear technical and managerial background spanning 17 years on complex joint venture, business management and multi-discipline design and build projects. His current role is Operations Director for Strategic Nuclear Programmes in Jacobs. This requires the commercial management of major contracts and the coordination of finance, communication, government relations, socio-economic and assurance specialists. Phil has worked in many places around the UK and has taken several career breaks travelling the world, enjoying the environment, diversity and culture. When not at the Kirkgate, Phil and his family are engaged in the outdoors and are usually to be found up a hill, camping in a valley, swimming in a lake, or in a pub afterwards.