Phil is a Change Agent. His life has been driven by change in one sense, but he has learnt the priceless skill to turn the tables on those forces of change and drive them himself, rather than be driven by them.
Phil grew up in the NZ Air Force. His father was a 32 year server and so the family followed the whims of Command! Certain principles seemed to apply – one being “you shall not live in any one place for longer than 3 years”. So Air Force bases such as Hobsonville, Whenuapai, Ohakea, Woodbourne and Laucala Bay, Fiji, were his play grounds. Change and adapting to it, was a way of life. Social life for air force kids centred around outside adventure, and in the summer, the swimming pool. In Fiji Phil claims he spent more time in and on the water than he did out of it! Sport was never far away from this life, and Phil’s life-long interest in most sports, especially in and on the water, and that oval ball, grew from this environment. The sense and experience of adventure developed into a life-long interest in hiking and travel, with a number of bucket list challenges being achieved. Phil’s wife and two adult daughters have had to deal with someone who continually believes that age must never be an impediment to what can be done!
His career began in Agricultural Science, following a Massey University degree, developing from technical, scientific roles, into advisory, sales, management and leadership positions, both in corporate and SME businesses.